Rain helps extinguish last of Delaware Water Gap fire

Columbia, N.J. The fire has burned approximately 80 acres, with 78 of those acres in Worthington State Forest and two in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Some trails were closed. The cause of the fire, which was battled by 50 firefighters on the ground and from the air, has not yet been determined.

26 Feb 2020 | 10:45

The fire on Mount Tammany was 95 percent contained as of Tuesday, according to the National Park Service.

"It's raining!" posted the park service on Facebook Tuesday evening. "While that might not normally be newsworthy or of much interest, it is just what we needed to help put out the last of the Rock Face Fire that has been burning on Mt. Tammany since Sunday afternoon. There are some happy firefighters out there! We extend our deepest gratitude to every one of them. We're almost there!"

The Red Dot and blue-blazed trails will remain closed until further notice, the park service said. Crews will remain in the area until the fire is completely extinguished.

The fire broke out Sunday off the Red Dot Trail on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. More than 50 state and federal wildland firefighters made their way up the mountain to battle the blaze with assistance with air support, according to the park service.

"Let's hear it for the folks in the YELLOW shirts! " said the park service in a posting.

The fire had burned approximately 80 acres as of late Monday afternoon, with 78 of those acres in Worthington State Forest and two in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the park service said.

The park service says the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation.

"Let's hear it for the folks in the YELLOW shirts!" National Park Service