Fayette County

New River Gorge National Park Plans Grassland Burn

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Fire Managers plan to burn approximately five acres in the coming weeks. 

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Fayette Man Sentenced For Clean Water Act Violations

Michael Graves, 68, of Charlton Heights, has been sentenced to one year of incarceration, to be served on home confinement as part of a five-year term of federal probation, and fined $10,000. His company, West Virginia Environmental Services (WVES), was fined $500,000 and placed on corporate probation for three years. These sentences were handed down for violations to the Clean Water Act. 

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Closure Order In Effect For Steep Valley Area Of New River Gorge 

“It’s going to be closed for the foreseeable future," Steep Valley Fire Public Information Officer Tom Engberg said Friday. “We know that it’s a popular hunting area in the zone where it is, but due to an abundance of caution for firefighter safety we’re going to keep it closed for now.”

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Steep Valley Fire Near Glen Jean, W.Va. Burns Two Thousand Acres 

The National Park Service said the Steep Valley fire was first reported on Monday, Nov. 6 and is now 78 percent contained. The fire continues to burn minimally in steep and rugged parts of inaccessible terrain. 

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