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Wildfires tear through forest in Smoke Hole

Wildfires tear through forest in Smoke Hole

This image from the West Virginia Natural Resources Facebook page shows a line of wildfires near Smoke Hole in eastern West Virginia.

For the second time in six years, a large group of wildfires has broken out near Smoke Hole in the eastern part of West Virginia.

Authorities say the wildfires have burned about 2,000 acres of forestland in Grant and Pendleton counties.

The West Virginia Natural Resources Police says the fires started early Thursday morning in Smoke Hole.

Officials have evacuated hunters and told them to stay away from the area until further notice.

Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the fire.

In late November of 2013, fires burned more than 1,600 acres of forest near Smoke Hole.

— From staff, wire reports

Funerals for Thursday, December 12, 2019

Aide Jr., Mitchell - Noon, Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Banks, Betty - 11 a.m., Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Barnett, Harry - 1 p.m., Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Bennett, Mary - 2 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Alderson.

Fortney, Etta - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Goolsby, Neva - 11 a.m., Ridgelawn Memorial Park Abbey of Devotion, Huntington.

Harris, Carl - 1 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hartley, Roberta - 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Holbrook, Ralph - 11 a.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Holstine, Drema - 1:30 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Paxton, Justine - Noon, John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Pulliam, Robert - 5:30 p.m., Cross Point Church of God, Beckley.

Runion, Vance - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Taylor, Ford - 2 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Smith, Roberta - 1 p.m., Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Stout Jr., Bernard - 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Walker, Atha - 1 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.