Fire at Wrecking Yard in Augusta County

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A fire at a wrecking yard is still burning Friday.

Crews responded Thursday evening to Bryd's Wrecking Yard on Morris Mill Road in Swoope.

Tires in the yard caught fire around 6 p.m. Thursday, sending flames 30 feet into the air as the fire grew.

Fire officials say the flames have consumed tens of thousands of tires despite attempts to battle the blaze.

Firefighters face the additional problem of not having easy access to water in the area.

Augusta County Fire Capt. Greg Schacht says, "It is a challenge but with tire fires, it's very hard to extinguish. That's why we're at the point of just building a fire break around it, containing it in the area and just going to let it go."

Tankers have been running between the Swoope firehouse and the scene to bring in water.

Officials estimate 50,000 gallons of hauled water were used within the first four hours of the fire.

They are monitoring the fire Friday, but they say it could burn for a few hours or a few days.

Officials say no structures are immediately threatened.

Virginia State Police troopers are investigating the fire.

The owner of the yard says he believes the fire was intentional, but officials are not commenting on that at this time.