Crews Work Hard to Contain Forest Fire

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Fire crews worked more than seven hours to put out a forest fire near the entrance of the George Washington National Forest.

The fire happened around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday at Mount Torrey Road in Lyndhurst.

As of 10 p.m. on Sunday, Wilson Volunteer Fire Company Chief Bobby Mays said the fire had been contained.

On Sunday afternoon, from miles away you could see the smoke coming from the mountain.

Jeffrey Martin doesn't have to go far to take a closer look.

"I was kinda scared because it was kinda breezy. I didn't know if the wind would pick up and come this way." Martin said.

Flames and smoke brought five fire departments to Martin's home.

His home is on the George Washington National Forest.

Martin said he wanted to help as much as possible.

"If they needed us to move any vehicles or anything we would. They could get in here as close they could to it," Martin said.

More than 50 firefighters and members of the forestry department went up the mountain to fight the flames.

Mays said the wind and the mountains spread the fire to almost 30 acres.

"This is a bad time of the year, few leaves are falling, they're dry, hunting season, black powder season," Mays said. "This is a perfect time for this type of fire."

Martin said he saw a fire like this last year.

"It was little further up toward Wintergreen at the top of the mountain. but never this close, this far down."

Mays says he wants everyone to try to prevent future fires.

"Anyone burning leaves or wanting to burn leaves please be very careful because this can happen anywhere."

Martin said he will continue watching this fire closely.

"I think we are going to stay here and keep and eye on it," Martin said.

No one was hurt and there was no damage to any homes.

The forest department will continue watching the fire tonight and they will continue cleaning up on Tuesday.

According to Mays, the cause of the fire is unknown.

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