Danville weekend brush fire still burning Monday; ruled arson

Fire was called in around 6:30 a.m. Sunday

DANVILLE, Va. – The large pile of leftover brush from a recently completed logging operation on Barringer Drive was still burning Monday.

It had been burning since at least 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Danville Assistant Fire Marshal Richie Guill said that's when the fire was called in.

"The timber company, as well as the landowner, are keeping an eye on it continuously and then we're also monitoring it," said Guill.

Guill said the fire was intentionally set, but the timber company and the landowner aren't to blame.

He said the timber company wanted to turn the brush into chips to sell and didn't want the pile burned.

Exactly what caused the fire is still under investigation.

"The landowner itself had already sold that and didn't have any interest in burning it," Guill said.

Because the brush pile is so big, water is not immediately available, and there aren't any homes or businesses being threatened by the fire, the fire department is going to let the fire burn itself out.

Guill said if the department did want to try to put the fire out, heavy equipment would have to be brought in to break the pile up in order for any water sprayed on the fire to be effective.

The fire is expected to burn for several more days.

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