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Wildfire in Grant County grows to more than 100 acres with more dry weather expected

The North Fire in Grant County has doubled in size since these photos were taken Thursday when it was 50 acres. (Bryan Lemasters Photography){ }

Emergency crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in Grant County that has grown to more than 100 acres.

The North Fire, which is burning in a remote area of Grant County in the Monongahela National Forest, has doubled in size since Thursday, according to the USDA Forest Service. The fire started on Oct. 2, and is burning in a rugged area with falling trees, snags and loose rocks about 12 miles west of Petersburg.

As of Friday afternoon 34 firefighters and one helicopter are working to battle the flames and 20 percent of the fire has been contained.

The release said all national forest lands within Grant County south and east of the North Fork South Branch of the Potomac River, to Smoke Hole Road, to the Grant/Pendleton County line are closed.

A temporary flight restriction order is also in place for the area. This restriction also applies to drones.

That area of the Mountain State has not received measurable rain in 23 days and warm, dry conditions are expected to continue through Sunday evening when rain is expected.

Because of this, forest visitors should use extreme caution with campfires.

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