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Wildfire burns 15 acres in Scott County

Wes Bunch • Mar 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

GATE CITY — Virginia Department of Forestry crews and Scott County volunteer firefighters spent several hours Saturday battling a wildfire that burned more than a dozen acres of forest just north of Gate City.

VDOF officials said the blaze, which began just before 3 p.m. approximately four miles north of Gate City, claimed a total of 15 acres of mostly wooded land.

Crews with the VDOF, the Gate City Volunteer Fire Department and Duffield Volunteer Fire Department worked until 7 p.m. to bring the fire under control, forestry officials said.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined and is still under investigation.

The fire reportedly began in a field off Harness Lane before spreading to the nearby forest. A forestry official said measures had to be taken to protect several nearby homes and farm structures.

The official noted that burning is currently prohibited in Virginia prior to 4 p.m. because of dry conditions that are normally seen this time of year.

The 4 p.m. burn ban began Feb. 15 and remains in effect through April 30.

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