Update: Mount Pleasant wildfire grows to 11,000 acres, 45% contained

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AMHERST COUNTY (WSLS 10) – The wildfire in Amherst County covers 11,000 acres.

Authorities say 13 engines, three helicopters, and more than 250 members of personnel have been assigned to containment efforts, resulting in a 45-percent containment.

There will be  a public meeting on Friday at 7 p.m., at Pedlar Fire Hall in Amherst.

The Virginia Department Forestry urge you to sse caution and be aware of the following closures.

Road Closures:

  • North Fork Road (SR 635) closed at Panther Mountain (FR #1286)
  • Thrasher’s Creek Road (SR 617) is closed at Molly’s Mountain due to firefighting activities. Local traffic will be permitted
  • The Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area is temporarily closed due to fire activities. All roads and trails within the Scenic Area are temporarily closed including  Wiggins Spring Road/Hog Camp Gap
  • Road (FR #48) is closed from the junction at State Route 634 (Coffeytown Road) through to Salt Log Gap
  • Coon Bridge Road (FR #1167)
  • Cow Camp Road (FR #520)
  • Fletcher Mountain Road (FR #507)

Trail Closures:

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail (FT #1) from Long Mountain Wayside to Salt Log Gap
  • Old Hotel Trail (FT #515)
  • Henry Lanum Trail (FT #702)
  • Mt. Pleasant Trail (FT #704)

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