Emergency crews are on the scene of an approximately 500-acre wildfire in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine, Patrick County Emergency Management said in a release.
Firefighters and others are working diligently to create fire containment lines to protect against the loss of life, property, and structures. The fire is currently 10 percent contained.
Please avoid this area and beware of increased emergency vehicle traffic.
Patrick, Henry, Floyd, Surry, and Carroll counties, along with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Department of Emergency Management have been and continue to help battle the blaze that began last week.
The county-wide burn ban remains in effect and will remain in effect until further notice.
The homes of concern in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine have been notified. If the situation changes, emergency personnel will notify the public. There will be continued emergency personnel on the scene and on patrol throughout the week.
A Declaration of a State of Emergency was issued by Governor Glenn Youngkin yesterday, which specifically names the Tuggles Gap fire along with others in the state.
If you have any concerns regarding your home’s safety, call the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch non-emergency number (276) 694-3161. If it is an immediate or life-threatening emergency, please call 911.