Area Forest Fires Burn Hundreds of Acres

Renee -- February 19th, 2011

Fire burns in Rawley as the sun sets on Harrisonburg. Photo by Tim Estep.

Fire burns in Rawley Springs as the sun sets on Harrisonburg Saturday. Photo by Tim Estep.

Some local neighborhoods filled with smoke today and a campfire scent spread through Harrisonburg as a forest fire near Rawley Springs, VA burned over 300 acres west of town. No deaths or reports of damage to houses could be found as of this time, but an evacuation order was announced for West Peake Lane north of Peak Mountain Rd according to WHSV (as of 7pm).

Smoke obscures the evening sky in a Harrisonburg neighborhood

Fire trucks with sirens blaring can be heard traveling west on Route 33 as additional fire companies arrive to assist.

Other fires are burning across the state, and we remain under a Red Flag Warning and Fire Ban due to dry conditions and high winds. According to the Associated Press, sections of I-95 have been closed due to heavy smoke in Northern Virginia, and I-64 near Richmond has also undergone intermittent closings. Road closings and smoke warnings are also displayed in Albemarle and Louisa Counties on the Virginia511 website.

5 Responses to “Area Forest Fires Burn Hundreds of Acres”

  1. According to a few friends on Facebook, emergency responders are using “reverse 911” to evacuate some of the families in that area (Saturday night).

    This fire ain’t over yet.

  2. Emmy says:

    My friend was evacuated from her house. I haven’t heard anything about how close the fire is to her house. I just hope they get them out soon!

  3. Emmy says:

    They are now evacuating the peak for a controlled burn.

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