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AMHERST, Va. (AP) - Officials say a wildfire in the George Washington National Forest in Amherst County has spread to 1,200 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service said in a news release Sunday that strong winds and low humidity contributed to the rapid spread of the fire over the weekend. The fire is in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area, about 35 miles north of Lynchburg.

Amherst County Public Safety Director Gary Roakes said Sunday that no structures were in imminent danger and no injuries were reported. About 70 firefighters and support staff, including two aircraft, were working to battle the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There is currently a fire ban in place for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Shenandoah National Park and the city of Staunton.

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