Crews fight brush fire

Published 1:58 pm Thursday, April 16, 2020

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The Arvonia Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) responded Thursday, April 9, to the report of a brush fire in the West Morgans Hill Road area.

AVFD Fire Chief Chris Davis said the fire was caused by a tree that had fallen on a power line at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

Davis said high winds had dried out any previous rainfall and caused the blaze to spread over three to five acres of land.

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When crews arrived, they discovered surrounding terrain and vegetation made the brush fire inaccessible. The Virginia Department of Forestry was able to assist by using a dozer to plow through debris and make a road for firefighters to use. The fire was fully contained by 7 p.m. that day.

Davis said high winds often lead to situations like Thursday in which a tree is knocked onto power lines, igniting trees and any vegetation underneath.

Dillwyn and Fork Union Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the incident.