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More wildfires strike Scott, Lee counties

March 24th, 2014 9:32 pm by Wes Bunch

More wildfires strike Scott,  Lee counties

GATE CITY — Forestry crews and local volunteer firefighters had another busy weekend battling multiple wildfires in Southwest Virginia, including three that claimed nearly 640 acres in both Scott and Lee counties.

Those three blazes were among 22 wildfires that claimed a total of 1,797 acres over the weekend in the Virginia Department of Forestry's Abingdon District. In addition to Scott and Lee counties, wildfires were reported in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Wise counties, according to figures from VDOF dispatch.

The largest of the weekend's fire's in Scott County claimed approximately 160 acres of woodland Friday night along Powell Mountain in the Duffield area, VDOF Senior Area Forester Bill Miller said.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Duffield Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S. Forestry Department were reportedly able to bring the blaze under control at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

"It took quite a bit in terms of resources to control that fire because it's very steep up there and hard to access," Miller said.

Multiple homes were threatened by the Powell Mountain fire, although none was damaged.

The cause of that fire has been classified as equipment use.

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