Shenandoah County Wildfire Put Out

A wildfire near Conciville has been extinguished.

According to a release from the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, about 400 acres burned before the fire was contained Saturday evening.

High winds and low humidity caused the fire near Crooked Run and Lutz Hollow roads to spread quickly.

Residents were evacuated from two homes that were threatened by the blaze.

Fire crews were able to protect several structures from the fire, though a vacation cabin and several outbuildings were destroyed.

At times, crews were surrounded by flames, but no one was injured.

Crews left the scene Sunday evening after monitoring the area overnight Saturday.

More than 40 emergency personnel responded to the scene including members of the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Company, the Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue, the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, the Woodstock Fire Department, the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, the New Market Fire and Rescue, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

There were several brush fires in Shenandoah County over the weekend, less than one week into the spring fire season.

Officials say, because of the dry winter, the area may continue to see more fires.

However, they also say residents and visitors can help prevent fires by following the Virginia burn ban that prohibits outdoor fires before 4 p.m. between February 15 and April 30.