A campfire started last weekend in Red River Gorge during a burn ban has spread to more than 400 acres and is still burning.
The U.S. Forest Service closed Tunnel Ridge Road, a part of Ky. 77 and all of the Auxier Ridge area, according to a news release from the forest service. The fire burned trees near the base, causing them to fall and block the roadway.
The highway is closed from Nada Tunnel to the Martins Fork parking area.
Forest service officers are still searching for the people responsible for setting the fire in Auxier Ridge. Officers saw three people running from the fire and getting into their car, according to the release.
The forest service is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the fire.
The burn ban means anyone caught starting a fire in the Red River Gorge area could be fined at least $500 and sentenced to up to six months in prison. If the fire gets out of control, those responsible also could be required to pay for the costs of stopping the fire.
Trails in the Gray's Arch area are still closed from an earlier campfire that burned out of control.
Anyone with information about the fire should call Forest Service Patrol Capt. Kimberly Kipp at (606) 875-5042.