The wildfire now spans approximately 1,150 acres in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine in the Woolwine area of Patrick County, according to the latest update from Patrick County Emergency Management.
Emergency crews are working tirelessly to create fire containment lines to safeguard lives, properties, and structures in the affected area. As of this update, the fire is 50 percent contained. Containment is defined as a control line that has been completed around the fire, and any associated spot fires, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread.
Residents may continue to see fire spread, but it is a controlled spread when containment is in place. Rain today and cooler temperatures could assist in our efforts. To ensure the safety of our community, please avoid the affected area and be vigilant of increased emergency vehicle traffic.
Patrick, Henry, Floyd, Surry, Carroll, Montgomery, Franklin counties, and the City of Martinsville along with the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and National Park Service have been instrumental in our efforts.
Beginning today through the weekend US Forestry and The National Guard are assisting and will provide relief to local and state crews. A county-wide burn ban is still in effect and will remain in effect until further notice. Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a State of Emergency on Monday, November 6, specifically addressing the Tuggles Gap fire and others in the state. The declaration allows the state to move resources to assist all areas of concern.
Homes in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine have been notified. If the situation changes, emergency personnel will promptly update the public through the County Everbridge system as well as reverse 911. Continuous emergency personnel presence and patrols are in effect throughout the duration of this incident. Trusted sites to stay tuned for are Patrick County’s website, Patrick County News Facebook Group, and local news outlets.
First responders extend our heartfelt gratitude to Nick Bieneck, owner of Tuggle’s Gap Roadside Inn, for his support in providing a command center, accommodations for firefighters, and nourishment. We also appreciate the overwhelming support from residents and business owners in Patrick, Floyd, and Henry counties who have generously contributed food, beverages, and personal hygiene items. For the time being no additional donations of goods are needed.
For concerns about home safety, please contact the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch nonemergency number at 276-694-3161. In case of immediate life threats, dial 911.