Crews Still Working After Containing Fire

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE: 4/1/2015 1:15 p.m.

Crews contained the wildfire Tuesday night and are now working to put it out completely.

The fire burned 42 acres, half of which was National Forest and the other half was private land.

Patty Nylander, a Virginia forester, said that they had to closely watch how the fire was moving because of the weather.

"The wind, it was a real challenge. It was changing directions quite frequently. We had some shift in the winds which definitely moved which direction the fire was going. That was our biggest hurdle yesterday," said Nylander.

The cause remains unknown.

Crews will be monitoring the fire Wednesday and Thursday and do not expect it to be completely out until after it rains on Thursday.


UPDATE: 3/31/2015 9:20 p.m.
Fire crews work to put out a wildfire on Little North Mountain in Jennings Gap.

Neighbors like Alyssa Aaron and her roommate Ashley Norris watch anxiously as firefighters battle the flames.

"I'm actually kind of scared and paranoid so I probably won't go to sleep tonight," said Norris.

Her roommate fears for their home.

"The wind blowing, it can blow it anywhere and everybody's house can get burned down," said Aaron.

The fire has already burned more than 30 acres of land. Firefighters from all over the county are working to put it out.

Captain Craig Williams with the Churchville Fire Department says the windy weather creates a storm of problems.

"When you get wind and then the fuel which is the portion of it that's burning, put together, it does nothing but amplify the fire," said Williams.

Aaron and Norris say they're confident crews will put the fire out before it gets to their home.

"I hope they get it out in time and that the wind hopefully stops and the rain comes down," said Aaron.

Fire crews are still working to determine the cause of the fire.


Multiple fire departments, including the the U.S. Forest Service, are responding to a wildfire in near Churchville.

Emergency dispatchers say the fire is reported as "fairly large," although, an exact size and location are unavailable right now.

No roads are reported closed because of the fire.

It was first called in as an emergency at about 2:15 p.m.

A bulldozer has been requested to help fight the fire.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene. We'll post an update to this story as soon as we get it.


A look at the progress crews have made on April 1.