The Virginia Department of Forestry is working to contain a forest fire off Horseshoe Bend Road in Smyth County.
According to Chris Sullivan, the senior area forester, crews have been working on the fire since Sunday evening. As of 11 a.m. Monday, it was about 40 percent contained.
Monday morning, a Dept. of Forestry bulldozer, engine brush truck and about a dozen firefighters are working to contain the fire. They’re currently building a fire line. Sullivan also said they’re “hoping for rain” to help them out.
According to Sullivan, the fire started from a debris fire that spread.
“Folks just need to be careful. Remember the 4 p.m. burn law. If you can, wait until it’s spring and green to burn. Also, keep debris cleared up.“
About a half dozen houses were protected by crews last night. Sullivan said none were threatened Monday morning.
Sullivan said crews from local volunteer fire departments, including Chilhowie, Adwolfe, Glade Spring, Marion, and Saltville initially responded.
The Virginia Department of Fire was called in when it got beyond what those departments capacity.