New River Valley first responders battle 10+ acre brush fire Sunday

New River Valley News

AUSTINVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After a widespread brush fire in the Austinville area Sunday afternoon, New River Valley first responders are reminding residents to be safe and mindful of the statewide burn ban.

On Sunday, March 7, the Hillsville Fire Department says crews were dispatched just before 2:45 p.m. for a reported brush fire at 7908 Poplar Camp Road.

When units first arrived on scene, Hillsville fire officials say they found approximately 10 acres of woodlands on fire with the flames progressively moving through difficult terrain.

Crews immediately started suppressing the fire and cutting a fire line around the flames and surrounding structures, according to the department.

Units from Galax Fire Department, Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Department, the Virginia Department of Forestry, Carroll County Fire and Rescue, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police were called for mutual aid with regard to manpower, tanker operations, and the use of the DOF’s dozer, fire officials say.

The Galax Fire Department says crews returned to the station around 7:30 p.m. after working structure protection and containment lines.

“REMINDER: It’s dry and breezy! Even though we have had a large amount of rain this spring, the broom sage and leaves are tinder dry!! Please use caution for the next several days until we get rain again!” the Galax Fire Department wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

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