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Wildfire in Madison County slowly growing in size

Local, state and federal crews are working to suppress a growing wildfire in Madison County that covered 20 acres as of press time Thursday.

The blaze, adjacent to Shenandoah National Park, began late Tuesday after lightning struck the area, according to state Sen. Bryce Reeves.

Firefighters with the Virginia Department of Forestry and local fire departments, as well as U.S. Forest Service and National Park staff are on the scene.

The fire, however, has continued to grow in size since Tuesday.

Remote, steep and rocky terrain in the area near Syria is making containment difficult, the Virginia Forestry Department said in a statement Thursday afternoon, after a 20-man hand crew from the U.S. Forestry Service arrived in the area.

As of Thursday evening, there were no residences or other structures in danger, the state agency said.


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