Firefighters battle brush fires in county

A brush fire burned a total of 6.4 acres in the Fairystone community April 9, according to a report from First Captain Brian Phillips of the Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department.
No injuries were reported to the volunteers who were trying to fight the fire in windy conditions.
The fire call came in at 4:54 p.m. as a power line down which caused a brush fire. When the Fairystone VFD arrived on the scene at Fairystone Lake Drive, across from Debbie Lane, approximately five acres of land was burned.
The Fairystone VFD was assisted by the Woolwine VFD, Patrick Henry VFD, and the Virginia Department of Forestry. Appalachian Power also responded.
Members from each department raked fire lines to help contain the fire until the Virginia Department of Forestry’s fire plow arrived to fully contain the brush fire. Crews were on the scene about four hours.
Firefighters extended a special thanks to the Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church members who were hosting a Thirty One Bingo fund-raiser at the Fairystone Fire Station, and took food to the volunteers fighting the fire.
The Meadows of Dan Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, fought a brush fire in Belcher Mountain Sunday that burned about two acres.
The fire was easily contained, but was in a very hard place to reach, according to the Meadows of Dan VFD’s website.
The two fire departments located the site of the fire and cut a fire line. A property owner was working on his property with a large ATV, and was flagged down by a firefighter and agreed to help.
The man spent the evening hauling firefighters and tools, along with providing his personal ATV, chainsaws and gas and oil to fight the fire.fairystone fire


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