UPDATE: Suspected arson in Goshen brush fire

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Crews worked all day and night to fight a brush fire in Goshen Pass that has consumed more than 350 acres.

No homes or structures are threatened.

A portion of the wildfire burned down one slope and extinguished itself when it reached the pavement of Route 39.

The fire is burning mostly leaf litter and downed trees in an area that is mostly hardwoods, mountain laurel and some spotty pine.

The terrain is nearly vertical and wild, so the Department of Forestry is not risking a lot of people to actively fight it.

They have established fire lines, and a burn-out operation is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.

The fire could reach as much as 1,000 acres, according to a spokesman for the Department of Forestry.


The fire at Goshen Pass appears to be an arson, according to a Virginia Department of Forestry official. It's grown to 100 acres.

It is mostly, if not all, on Department of Game and Inland Fisheries property. The fire is in steep country with limited access, and it's expected to grow larger.

Crews are trying to control the spread of the fire with helicopter drops.

There is also a brush fire in Carroll County on Fancy Gap Mountain. That's been contained to five acres.

An additional brush fire in Henry County is consuming an estimated 21 acres of rugged terrain.


Officials say a brush fire burning along Route 39 in Goshen Pass has grown to 10 acres.

Rockbridge County units originally responded to the call, but had to leave because the terrain was too rough to attack the fire safely.

The Virginia Department of Forestry is handling the response.

On Monday they used a helicopter to drop water from Lake Merriweather onto the fire.

On Tuesday crews plan to backburn to get the fire under control.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is investigating the cause of the fire. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the cause to report the tip to wildcrime@dgif.virginia.gov or call 1-800-237-5712.

Crews are currently working to put out a brush fire in Goshen.

That's according to an alert sent out to Rockbridge County residents.

It's happening near Route 39 also known as Maury River Road, near a picnic area.

Drivers in the area are being asked to use extra caution.

Several fire departments are on scene along with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Right now it's not clear how large the fire is or if any structures are in danger.

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