UPDATE OCT. 31 4:13 P.M. CRAIG COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Forestry Wildfire map is indicating that the blaze in Craig County has grown to 97 acres, but is 95% contained.
WFXR News will continue to update the story as further information is released.
CRAIG COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Craig County Department of Fire reports that a wildfire is burning approximately 70 acres of land in Craig County.
According to the fire department, all five Craig County volunteer localities assisted in containing the fire starting at around 2 p.m. on Sunday and into the night. They say that 65% of the fire has been contained.
Right now, the fire department and U.S. Forest Services are preventing the continued spread of the fire, specifically by using leaf blowers to try and get leaves away from the fire lines. The fire department believes wind and leaves are the biggest concerns for fire spreading.
Craig County FD states it could take days to get the fire entirely contained and the area would need multiple days of rain to completely put the fire out.
The fire department is recommending people to not burn anything right now, including leaves and campfires, due to dry landscape and windy conditions. They also recommend if nearby a wildfire nearby and there are leaves, firewood, sticks, or yard debris near the home, move it away to protect houses.