Patrick County wildfire grows to 1,150 acres

As of Sunday, the fire is 70% contained

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PATRICK COUNTY, Va.UPDATE

Crews are still battling a wildfire in Patrick County.

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According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the fire is 70% contained as of Sunday.


UPDATE - Friday 11:40 a.m.

Crews are still working to contain a wildfire in Patrick County.

According to Patrick County officials, the wildfire has grown to approximately 1,150 acres in size in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine.

As of Friday morning, officials said the fire is 50% contained.

We’re told residents may continue to see fire spread, but it is a controlled spread when containment is in place. Rain and cooler temperatures Friday could assist in efforts to contain the fire.

Officials are asking the community to continue avoiding the area and be vigilant of increased emergency vehicle traffic.

On Friday, the National Guard and U.S. Forestry will assist local crews in their efforts to contain the wildfire.

A burn ban is still in effect in Patrick County. There are several other counties also under burn bans in our region. Click here to read more.


UPDATE - Wednesday 4 p.m.

Crews are still working to contain a large wildfire in Patrick County.

The fire has burned almost 1,000 acres in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Woolwine.

Crews faced some intense fire conditions on Tuesday night while protecting a home. So far, we’re told no structures have been damaged.

A Roadside Inn in the area is also providing support with a command center and accommodations for responding crews.

There are several counties under burn bans in our region. Click here to read more.


ORIGINAL STORY

Emergency crews are on the scene of a wildfire that has grown to 500 acres in size in the Ravens Den, Tuggles Gap, and Blue Ridge Parkway area of Patrick County, according to the Patrick County Fire and EMS.

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, as of 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, the wildfire is about 10% contained.

Officials are asking the public to avoid the area and be aware of increased emergency vehicle traffic.

A county-wide burn ban is in effect for Patrick County. For more information, click here.

This is a developing story. Stay with 10 News on air and online as we continue to learn more.


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