6-Acre Brush Fire, Flare-Up Contained

Posted: April 7, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A 6-acre brush fire south of Elkton was contained Friday evening before flaring up Saturday morning. Firefighters extinguished the fire completely on Saturday.

The fire was located in the Sun Valley subdivision near Cut Back Lane, Elkton Volunteer Fire Co.’s Assistant Chief Michael Smith said.

The call came in around 7 p.m. Friday and some 25-30 personnel responded, he said, and set up a fire line to contain the blaze.

No structures were directly threatened as a result of the fire, whose cause is unknown. Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway said a number of snags — dead or dying trees — continued to smolder overnight from Friday to Saturday, and were the cause of Saturday’s flare-up. The reconstituted blaze was put out by the eight to 10 Rockingham County Fire and Rescue firefighters who stayed on duty monitoring the blaze overnight, Holloway said.

Virginia Department of Forestry and National Park Service employees were also on hand Saturday. In addition to Elkton, other units that responded Friday include McGaheysville, Grottoes, Rockingham County’s Hose Company No. 4 and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue.

Virginia Department of Forestry wants the public to be aware of the state’s 4 p.m. burn law, which is in effect until April 30.

The law prohibits burning until after 4 p.m. when burning near woods or dry grass. After 4 p.m. winds typically die down and relative humidity levels rise, both of which reduce the potential for a fire to get out of control.

Contact Caleb Soptelean at 540-574-6293 or csoptelean@dnronline.com

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