Firefighters battle Catawba Mountain brush fire

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 ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Several fire departments are on the scene of a brush fire on Catawba Mountain.

Smoke could be seen from the 4100 block of Bradshaw Road where the first calls came in Sunday afternoon.

Roanoke County Fire EMS spokeswoman Jennifer Sexton says it started at the base of the mountain then spread. Career and volunteer crews from our Catawba, Masons Cove, Fort Lewis, and Hollins stations have been on scene after being called in to assist at 2:30 p.m.. They're now working to dig a fire line.

It is now contained. A crew will watch it throughout the night and mop up will begin Monday. A team from the Virginia Department of Forestry is also on scene.

No houses were threatened, Sexton said.

Early estimates put the fire at as many as five acres. Firefighters are working to determine the exact size by walking the line and entering GPS points, she explained.