Brush fire doused near Eagle Rock claims yard, vehicle

Roanoke Valley News

(Image courtesy of Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS).

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A late-morning brush fire in Botetourt County resulted in a yard being burned on Sunday, as well as a vehicle on Elburnell Drive in Eagle Rock.

According to the Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS, the fire was started by a tree that came in contact with a power line and quickly spread through a yard on Sunday, April 4.

When fire personnel first arrived, there was partial involvement of a deck at the rear of a home as well as a fully-involved vehicle in a yard with flames being driven into a wood line by high winds in the area.

WFXR News’ Meteorologist Kara Thompson says weather conditions like Sunday’s are perfect for the spread of brush and wildfires.

“Everyone needs to be aware of weather conditions before potentially doing any burning. Even though this fire was not caused by outdoor burning, a similar situation could develop for someone who does. Breezy and dry conditions, like today, can rapidly move even a small fire. If you have to do outdoor burning, be sure you have the proper resources available – plenty of water, a wide-open, safe area and a quick way to call for help should the fire get out of control.”

Kara Thompson, WFXR News’ Meteorologist

The 4 p.m. Burn Ban continues in Virginia until April 30.

Click here for additional tips on safe burning from the Department of Forestry.

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form