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By AlexQuinn
From PIttsburgh, PA
Apr 21, 2014
There is a wild fire spreading through the New River Gorge right now. I haven't been able to gather any information (I don't live there) but it looks like it's pretty bad.

Here's a picture from Instagram:

instagram.com/p/nDyHpjuhcj/

Anyone know any specifics?

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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Apr 21, 2014
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background
Wow, I didn't think it was ever dry enough in NRG for a fire start! Hope it isn't too bad.

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By pjheinz83
From Southeast Pennsylvania
Apr 21, 2014
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By Chris Whisenhunt
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From Fayetteville, WV
Apr 21, 2014
Flailing at the top of Welcome to Crowders
Yes. We were out above the hole today for a while and got a lot of photos. From what we know the fire started some time yesterday or last night and was seen below the party buttress. Today we watched it spread to well over fern creek all the past diamond point and within 100 yards of the train tracks. It seems too that the fire was just a brush fire seeing how fast it spread, and how it burned through an area quickly and didn't seem to be touching most of the trees. It looked a lot like what controlled burn looks like. Then again we were a top the hole and it could have been a napalm shit storm over there.

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By Chris Whisenhunt
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From Fayetteville, WV
Apr 21, 2014
Flailing at the top of Welcome to Crowders
Also Mikey's blog on the whole incident today. He was out there as usual watching the world burn to the ground and usually knows what he's talking about when it comes to nature and stuff.

mikesironcladbeta.blogspot.com...

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By Raines Harrison
Apr 27, 2014
According to this link it is now open again. Has anyone been out to confirm?

Also, how does fire affect the integrity of the bolts and ladders around the area?

washingtontimes.com/news/2014/...

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By Chris Whisenhunt
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From Fayetteville, WV
Apr 28, 2014
Flailing at the top of Welcome to Crowders
I was out there yesterday and everything is good to go, bolts, ladders, etc.

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Apr 28, 2014
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
How could you possibly know if all the bolts are ok? Everyone knows you don't fall.

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By Halljt3
Apr 28, 2014
NRG
FYI, apparently as a result to the fire, the AAC campground no longer allows fires at individual campsites, but only at the communal fire pits... So plan accordingly.

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By Matt Carroll
Apr 28, 2014
the new
Not sure if that's true. Was down there before the fire and they had this rule in effect. Either way, still plan accordingly.

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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Apr 29, 2014
You stay away from mah pig!
Regarding the fire restrictions at the AAC, both of you guys are right. We were starting to phase out individual campsite fires from the beginning of this season. The fact that the campsites don't have a lot of flat ground resulted in a lot of half-assed fire rings being built that were just sort of rolling down the hill from the moment they were made. Plus, we've put quite a bit of time and resources into the communal fire rings.

After the Endless wildfire, however, it was just a reminder that forest fires can happen even at the New River Jungle, and it made it all the more critical to let campers know that we're limiting fires to the permanent pits.

Thanks,
Paul

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By Chris Whisenhunt
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From Fayetteville, WV
Apr 30, 2014
Flailing at the top of Welcome to Crowders
camhead wrote:
Thanks, Paul


Oh it's cute. He's finally using his real name. :P

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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Apr 30, 2014
You stay away from mah pig!
I'm using my real name! I'm not a troll! MAKE ME AN ADMIN!!!!!!!!

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Apr 30, 2014
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
I'm not sure real names help. I'm also not sure that extensive knowledge and love of an area and residency within said area does either. I asked and I received a response that included inferences of me being a hardcore poser with shiny gear whose only skill was memorizing guidebooks. Had I known that wasn't the criteria, I may have focused my efforts elsewhere.

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