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SW Virginia wildfire claims 115 acres over weekend

Wes Bunch, NET News Service • Apr 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

FORT BLACKMORE, Va. — Local, state and federal firefighters were kept busy Easter weekend battling a large wildfire that began in a remote area of Scott County near Fort Blackmore.

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service, the fire claimed approximately 115 acres of land on Chestnut Ridge off Hunters Valley West Road (Route 653) between Dungannon and Fort Blackmore.

Volunteer firefighters with the Fort Blackmore and Duffield volunteer fire departments assisted two 20-person crews that were dispatched to battle the blaze. Clinch District Ranger Jorge Hersel said two USFS fire trucks and a USFS helicopter were also utilized in the response.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the fire.

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