UPPER TRACT, W.Va. – The Dry Hollow Fire in Pendleton County near Upper Tract and Smoke Hole finally received some moisture over the past 24 hours and some snow at the higher elevations.

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. – The Dry Hollow Fire in Pendleton County near Upper Tract and Smoke Hole finally received some moisture over the past 24 hours and some snow at the higher elevations.

Additional snow is forecasted overnight Monday. The fire has not grown, and is still approximately 1,289 acres and 60 percent contained.

Fire officials are transitioning command of the incident to local resources Tuesday morning and staffing will be scaled back. The remaining 15 firefighters will continue to monitor existing control lines and patrol the area.

Incident commander Walt Walter said, “We are relieved we finally got some moisture to help us with this fire. Today, we reinforced fire lines and contingency lines around the fire, and we will continue to monitor the area for remaining fire activity.”

Monongahela National Forest will continue to coordinate with and support the Upper Tract Fire Department and West Virginia Division of Forestry throughout the duration of the incident as they monitor the needs of private landowners affected by the fire.

Smokehole Road is now open to thru traffic, however burned areas on the National Forest are still closed to the public.  Visitors to nearby National Forest lands, especially hunters, should continue to exercise caution while in the area as fire crews continue to work and hazards are still present.