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Wildfire Burning 700 Acres on Potts Mountain


Reporter: David Tate

Alleghany Co., VA - The high winds and dry forests are hampering efforts to put out a handful of fires that are burning across our area Monday night.

The biggest one, more than 700 acres, is burning on Potts Mountain, right where Allegheny, Botetourt and Craig Counties meet.

People in those areas are seeing the effects of the Red Flag Warning up on Potts Mountain. Flames consumed the area affected, which is in the Barbours Creek Wilderness area.

Rangers got a call Saturday afternoon and were able to trace its origins to a spot near the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail, which does lead investigators to believe this was started by people.

In all, more than 40 firefighters are taking on this fire, including 20 members of the Augusta County Hotshots. They arrived just in time for the red flag day, which presents perfect conditions for a fire to get out of control.

"You have high winds, low humidity and dry fuels is the bottom line, really, and we're experiencing all three. For the next few days the weather really is not going to be our friend and that trend is going to continue," said Barbara Walker with U.S. Forest Service.

"It is (a) windy day and there is quite a bit of turbulence and a lot of convective activity and add that to the heat of the fire it sometimes becomes quite interesting," said Skip Messersmith, a helicopter pilot.

There are four homes near Boiling Springs that are in the danger zone. Volunteers are assisting those people while the state and national forces focus on containing this fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for our area through 8 p.m. Check our weather page for updates from the ABC 13 Weather Experts.

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