Brush fire gets out-of-control behind Roanoke County home with flames 10-15 feet high

Roanoke Valley News

(Image courtesy of the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department).

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Cave Spring Fire Department says fire crews battled a reported residential structure fire Friday night that ended up being a brush fire that grew too quickly.

Crews responded to the home at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 to find the brush fire behind the home produced flames that were, at one point, 10-15 feet high.

They were able to get the fire brought under control quickly and used water and brush rakes to be sure the fire was fully out. The fire never quite made it to the home.

The Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department made a post online clarifying rules for outdoor burning.

“We’d like to remind all residents that in Roanoke County any fire that is not a 3×3 covered cooking/recreational firepit requires a burn permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office,” the department said on Facebook.

Parts of our region are currently under a burn ban which means that outdoor burning, of any kind, is prohibited.

Those locations include the counties of Amherst, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, and Charlotte — as well as the City of Danville.

While Roanoke County is not currently under such a ban, the ground is very dry and fire can spread very quickly. If you can put off any burning until we get added moisture into the ground, that would offer better protection.

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