Firefighters Work To Contain Forest Fire

Darryl Woodson
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Friday morning - The fire off of Robinson Gap Road was contained last evening to about 11.5 acres and the situation was turned over to National Forest personnel.

6 p.m. Thursday - Local firefighters believe they are getting a fast-moving forest fire southeast of Buena Vista under control.

Kevin Moore, Rockbridge Fire Rescue captain, said at 5:30 that fire lines are getting established that should contain it to about the 11 acres it quickly grew to this afternoon amid strong winds.

The fire is located off of Robinson Gap Road and initially threatened a house; however, local firefighters were able to eliminate that threat.

The fire, which may have been caused by a lightning strike from an overnight storm, was called in as a "smoke investigation" about 1 this afternoon. Firefighters from multiple departments responded, including the Buena Vista, Glasgow, Lexington, South River, Natural Bridge, Effinger and Kerrs Creek departments, along with Rockbridge County Fire Rescue.

The fire started on private property but has reached National Park Service land, so firefighters with the National Forest are on the scene, and Moore expects the firefighting effort to be turned over to the Forest Service this evening. He said the fire should be contained before it actually reaches the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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