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A forest fire near the community of Twilight, in Boone County, is approaching one thousand acres in size. 

According to Charlie Spencer from the W.Va. Division of Forestry, the cause of this fire is a burning coal seam that causes the leaves on the surface to catch fire.

Division of Forestry crews are working with chainsaws and bulldozers to clear fallen trees from this summer's derecho and this fall's Hurricane Sandy snow storm. The trees are blocking vital access roads that are being used to control the fire. 

No structures are currently threatened by this fire. 

Charlie Spencer has provided us with a video of this fire here.