A fire that's been burning in the Big South Fork since Nov. 18 was expected to reach 100 percent containment by Tuesday evening.
The Chimney Rock fire--formerly known as the Big Island fire--was initially a 60-80 acre fire burning on the east side of Station Camp Road west of Oneida. At the time, the nearest structures were three miles to the north. Park officials closed Station Camp Road at the horse camp turn off and the Big Island Loop Trail was closed from Big Island Road to the river.
By Nov. 21, the fire had consumed 110 acres and was just 10 percent contained as officials expected it to travel south between Station Camp Road and the Big South Fork National River. Crews began work on approximately 2 miles of fire line so they could begin burning several hundred acres as they worked toward containment.
The next day, the blaze became known as the Chimney Rock fire. Forty personnel and resources from national park units in Ohio, Alaska, Tennessee and Kentucky came to the scene to help battle the fire. The goal was to keep the fire east of the river and south and west of Station Camp Road. On Nov. 23, the park service reported that the fire had grown to 139 acres as crews continued working on containment lines.
A news release early on Nov. 29 shared that the fire is 533 acres, but is 90 percent contained despite high winds on Nov. 28. Overnight rain played a role in containing the blaze. Crews will continue to patrol and maintain dozer lines and hand lines as mop up operations begin.
There have been no reported injuries.