Illinois crew joins New River Gorge fire fight

By By The Associated Press

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. – An Illinois-based firefighting crew has joined the effort to contain a wildfire in the New River Gorge National River.

Park Ranger Lean Perkowski-Sisk said the 20-person Midewin Interagency Hot Shot Crew built a fire line Tuesday, to keep the blaze from spreading. The crew joined National Park Service staff and Mount Hope firefighters.

The Midewin crew is hosted by the Midewin National Trailgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Ill.

The fire was reported Sunday in the Endless Wall area of the gorge. Perkowsi-Sisk said the fire has burned about 130 acres.

The Endless Wall Trail and the Fern Creek and Nuttall parking areas are closed, as is climbing in the fire’s vicinity.

Perkowski-Sisk said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

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