The investigation into the cause of last week’s mountain fire continues, however, the cause of the blaze is still a mystery.
According to Gerald R. Crowell, Area Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry, the fire was bigger than initially estimated. The blaze actually covered 28 acres instead of the initial lower estimate of 10 acres. Crowell said that nighttime fire estimates are always more challenging.
Crowell said that the cost estimation process is continuing but no final cost estimate is yet available.
A joint investigation by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the National Park Service is ongoing. The cause of the blaze has still not been established.
Forester Crowell states that the fire is being patrolled once a day now and all on-site personnel have been removed.