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Goshen Pass fire believed to be arson

Crews continues fighting large blaze

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY – The Virginia Department of Forestry says it believes that the fire in Rockbridge County is arson.

One witness from out-out-state told a game warden that he or she saw a red pickup truck stop by the end of the road and leave after seeing smoke rising, according to Ed Stoots, with the department.

The large fire is completely on Virginia Department of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries property and could exceed 1,000 acres in size, according to Stoots.

As of 8 a.m., the fire was 150 acres.

Personnel plan to have two tractors on the fire on Tuesday.

Stoots says that there are no structures or homes associated with this fire and that as of 8 a.m. it was 10 percent contained.


ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Crews are working to contain a fire in the Goshen Pass area of Rockbridge County.

The call came in at about 4 p.m. for a fire that was about 6.5 acres, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.

It’s since grown because of the steep, rocky terrain of the area.

Forestry workers said they’re fighting it by hand and had some help earlier from a helicopter.

One problem they’re encountering is that the bulldozers which usually dig a containment line can’t make it up the mountain.

The cause is under investigation and more help is expected to arrive in the morning