The forest service says humidity from rain showers slowed burnout operations on Saturday, which allowed firefighters to prepare for future burnout operations and improve existing containment lines around the Landfill Fire.

Once weather conditions improve, burnout operations will remove remaining pieces of unburned fuel near the fire.

140 firefighters are still working on the fire.

A closure in the area is effect beginning with the national forest boundary east of highway 21.

Forest Road 14 is also closed to the public.

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The forest fire atop Horse Heaven Mountain in the Speedwell area of Wythe County has grown to more than 200 acres, and is expected to grow much more before being extinguished.

The fire is burning on steep, rugged terrain on the mountain. Approximately 68 federal and state firefighters are working to try to contain the fire, including one hotshot crew, two dozers, two engines and a helicopter.

Fire crews are digging containment lines and cutting trenches.

Wythe County's Department of Emergency Management is working closely with fire crews to monitor private property. The fire is located entirely on national forest property and is not expected to threaten private property or county residents.

According to United States Forest Service officials, the blaze will continue into the weekend.

The Henley Hollow Trail and a section of the Virginia Highland Horse Trail, located along the top of the mountain, are closed.

Fire crews are also warning hunters that it is unlawful to hunt adjacent to forest fires.

The fire was first reported late Tuesday night.

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UPDATE: Nov. 14, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.

The Landfill Fire in the Speedwell area of Wythe County has grown to 200 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is burning on steep, rugged terrain on Horse Heaven Mountain.  Fire crews will set backfires Thursday to try and contain the fire. No structures are threatened at this time.

There are around 50 firefighters, two bulldozers, two engines, and a helicopter trying to put the fire out.

Smoke from the fire may be visible in the Speedwell area for several days.

The fire was first reported late Tuesday night.

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Original story from Nov. 13, 2013

Firefighters are battling a fire in Wythe County that has burned at least 50 acres near the town of Speedwell.

Almost as soon as the government chopper landed, it took off again.