FRANKLIN, W.Va. -- The Smoke Hole fire, which charred 1,611 acres of the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County since it broke out Nov. 10, has been fully contained, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Friday.
The fire is the second largest to occur on Monongahela Forest land since the forest was established in 1920. More than 190 firefighters and support personnel were involved in the effort to bring it under control.
An emergency ban on public access to national forest land in the vicinity of the blaze will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. After the ban is lifted, visitors to the area should be aware of ongoing fire patrol activity by firefighters remaining at the scene. Several fire engines and a helicopter will remain to assist firefighters in extinguishing the blaze.