Chief James Steiner

chief1@bsvfc.com

WHITES GAP MOUNTAIN FIRE-3/22/22

On March 21, 2022, 15:06 – Crews were dispatched to Leafy Hollow Road for a brush fire. Upon arrival, Deputy Chief 1 established command and advised that there was a large fire and requested additional assistance.
 
At 15:36 command advised that the fire was spreading rapidly.
 
AT 15:43 command advised that at least 8 acres was involved and additional brush trucks would be needed. Crews from multiple departments battled the blaze for hours.
 
AT 17:33 a staging area, rehab, and accountability area was set up at Morgan County Medic 7-7.
 
At 17:35, the Wildlife team was requested. By 18:03 forestry advised that at least 50 acres had been consumed by fire. At 18:19 Chief 1 took over operations.
 
At 18:36, an all county page was sent to firefighters in Morgan County from Co. 1, Co. 2, Co. 3, and Co. 32 requesting anyone available to respond with manpower to assist with the fire.
 
At 19:03 Maryland State Trooper 5 was alerted to assist with an aerial view.
 
AT 19:46 Trooper 5 advised that the fire seemed to be getting taller. Crews continued to battle the blaze until 23:09. The scene was turned over to West Virginia Department of Forestry.
 
Crews returned this morning around 08:00 to assess the situation and continued working on the fire. At this time, the fire is reported to be under control by command.
 
We would like to thank everyone who assisted! Whether you offered to bring leaf blowers, UTV’s, rakes/shovels or if you were part of the group that brought an endless supply of water, snacks, and sandwiches to the station to be delivered to the crews. WE THANK YOU!
 
UPDATE 3/22/22-West Virginia Division of Forestry crews are still working to contain the Sleepy Creek Mountain fire, which has burned somewhere between 70 and 100 acres, and continues to burn. The DNR has closed access to Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area while fire operations are ongoing. Local firefighters this morning were called again to assist at White’s Gap for the fire.
 
AT 2025-3/22/22- FIRE IS OUT AT THIS TIME AND THE SCENE HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO FORESTRY DEPARTMENT

DNR HAS CLOSED THE SLEEPY CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGMENT AREA UNTIL THE FIRE IS OUT