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#1 Chase

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:46 PM

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Roanoke County.
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Earlier Today in Roanoke.

Roanoke Area
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Fires & Evacuations

Roanoke County - Roanoke County authorities say they have activated their Emergency Operations Center and crews are working three brush fires.

Hollins - A 75-acre brush fire in the Holllins area of Roanoke County near Loch Haven Road area is keeping county fire crews busy. Roanoke County now says what was one fire is actually two. One fire is near Timberview Road. Three to four homes are threatened by the flames. A second fire is near Angel Lane. Limited evacuations are taking place on both roads. More than 50 firefighters are working this fire with help from Salem. The county has asked for statewide mutual aid to support the operation. The fire is visible from I-81 and smoke has closed the southbound lanes of the interstate. The fire was sparked by a downed powerline on Lock Haven Road. Loch Haven Drive and Bellhaven Road (where it intersects Loch Haven) is closed.

Nelson Co. - Two brush fire in Nelson County are impacting 200 people and 50 people have been evacuated. Two shelters are now open in Nelson Co.

Pittsylvania Co. - A brush fire on Bibee Road near Leesville Lake in Pittsylvania County is burning out of control. The fire can easily be seen at Smith Mountain Lake. Authorities have not called for evacuations but are asking for additional bulldozers to fight the fire.

Roanoke Evacuation Center - An evacuation center for Roanoke City residents is not open at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibition Hall. People using the shelter are asked to bring medications and essential items only. No pets will be allowed at the center.

Montvale Area brush fire - A brush fire in the Montvale area is forcing the evacuation of residents on Camp Jaycees Rd. Residents are directed to go to Montvale Elementary School. The evacuation also includes Blackhorse Gap Rd, Lonesome Pine Dr, Tomahawk Dr, Dakota Dr, and Moriha Lane. Authorities ask that no pets be brought to the evacuation shelter.

A cabin fire at Pine Needle Drive in Clearbrook is now under control.

A brush fire at Leffler Lane in Back Creek is also under control.

Craig County - The Craig County Sheriff's Department says crews are battling a fire of "substantial" size off Lick Branch Road. They have yet to determine how big the fire is. Crews have finally reached the fire line which is in a very remote area. No homes are threatened at this time.

Floyd County - Crews have been battling a brush fire in the Goose Creek area since around 2:40p.m. That is near Shawsville Pike.


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Windy, dry conditions have sparked several massive brushfires in central Virginia, forcing residents to evacuate.

In Brunswick County, homes near State Route 712 (old Stage Road) and Reedy Creek Road are being evacuated.

In Louisa County, Homes on Spring Road near Mineral are being evacuated due to a several large fires. The county is currently under a state of emergency, though the fires are reportedly 60 percent contained.

In Dinwiddie, buses are being brought in to evacuate homes in the Stoney Creek area.

Interstate 295 South in Chesterfield County (mile marker 18) is currently closed after a winds caused a tractor trailer to overturn, blocking all lanes. There is no word yet on injuries.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, more than 35,000 customers are without power in Metro Richmond.

Wind and fire warnings continue to be in effect for all of central Virginia.

Stay with 8news for updates.


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High winds and dry conditions have contributed to small brush fires across Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

Although there have been reports of only some damage, fire crews have been able to contain most fires before they have spread. One home on Cedar Road in Chesapeake was damaged.

A NewsChannel 3 viewer, Kelly, sent this photograph of one of the brush fires in South Mills, North Carolina in the Sanderson Crossing subdivision.

The high winds also caused power outages and has forced Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to declare a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. National Guardsman are on standby status.

Earlier Sunday, fires in Suffolk caused V-DOT crews to close the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel because smoke decreased drivers' visibility.

NewsChannel 3's Live VIPIR Meteorologists are continuing to monitor the situation across Hampton Roads and North Carolina. Look for updates here on wtkr.com and NewsChannel 3 for complete coverage of the windy weather.

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NORFOLK -- Virginia Governor Tim Kaine declared a state of emergency after brush fires hit Hampton Roads and surrounding areas Sunday.

The declaration allows Gov. Kaine to immediately deploy state personnel, equipment and other emergency response resources, and to coordinate state and local response to the events.

Over five acres burned in a Suffolk brush fire near Tidewater Community College. The fire heavily damaged one abandoned building that used to be part of a military facility.

The fires were close to the TCC campus, but no campus buildings were threatened.

Crews from Portsmouth, Newport News, Chuckatuck, Driver, Suffolk, York Co. and the Virginia Department of Forestry are working on the fire.

In addition to that Suffolk brush fire, crews worked on a brush fire on Southwestern Blvd. in the Holland section of the city.

According to Captain Jim Judkins of the Suffolk Fire Department, at least ten acres were affected by both brushfires.

Meanwhile, a wildfire in Camden County was brought under control after burning four acres off Trotman Road. No buildings were burned by the fire, though several homes were threatened, according to firefighters.

The fire started around 12:30 p.m. and spread quickly due to heavy winds. Residents from a Pasquotank Co. apartment complex evacuated their building while firefighters worked on the flames, but returned to their units later in the day.

Firefighters believe someone burning trash likely ignited the fire.


#2 Billabong13138

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:51 PM

More from the VA/NC Border wildfire

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM. RESIDENTS IN MOYOCK ARE EVACUATING THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF ADVANCING BRUSH FIRES IN THE AREA. PEOPLE IN THE CAROLINA VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE CURRENTLY UNDER A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDER. THE MOYOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL ON SURVEY ROAD HAS BEEN SET UP AS A SHELTER. LOOK FOR THE LATEST ON NEWSCHANNEL 3 AFTER THE GRAMMY'S AND ON WTKR.COM.

#3 Ytterbium.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:55 PM

Yeah, I started a thread this morning about the critical fire threat from the SPC but nobody posted in it. :arrowhead:

#4 Chase

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:07 PM

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The latest from Brunswick County: 6 fires reported, more than 200 acres burned. There's a shelter open at a church in Lawrenceville. So far 5 homes have been evacuated.

Dinwiddie County Closed
Bedford County Closed
Craig County Closed
Grayson County Closed
Roanoke City Closed
Because of fires.

#5 Nikolai

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:09 PM

Whaaaaa???

I didn't see anything about this earlier.

#6 Chase

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:13 PM

Some more pictures from Roanoke:
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Top left: WSLS’s Roanoke Wachovia Towercam sees smoke billowing over Roanoke County and City, from the fires near Loch Haven
Top Right: Tree Damage in Roanoke County
Bottom Left: Fire burning near Montvale area of Bedford County
Bottom Right: Fire burning on Smith Mountain, in the Huddleston area of Smith Mountain Lake

#7 Solak

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:16 PM

From WITN

* Pasquotank County: Fire crews are battling a 120-acre fire with
the potential to threaten structures, and evacuations may be needed.

* Gates County: Firefighters are battling a 150-acre fire that is
threatening structures. Evacuations may be needed.


* Chowan County : Officials are fighting a 250-acre fire with
potential for threatening structures, and evacuations may be needed.

* Camden County: Fire crews are fighting a 250-acre fire with
potential to threaten structures. Evacuations may be needed.

* Tyrrell County : Firefighters are battling a 300-acre fire with
potential to threaten structures. Evacuations may be needed.

* Dare Bomb Range: Crews are battling a ground fire.

* Washington County: Crews from the N.C. Division of Forest
Resources and the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service are fighting a
50-acre fire.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:27 PM

Richmond Area Update
You can watch an 8:30 video report here: http://www.nbc12.com...e/15495301.html

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Governor Kaine Declares State of Emergency over Brush Fires across central Virginia.

About 800 acres are burning at the corner of Flat Foot and Old Stage roads. Three homes are completely damaged but no one is injured. About 100 acres of flames are raging near Wells Road. Flames as high as 40 to 50 feet have been reported and at least one home has been damaged. Another big one is near Lew Jones and Dewitt Roads. Two to three homes are threatened. Evacuees are being notified by emergency crews going door to door to the homes in the area.
an emergency shelter that has been set up at the Dinwiddie Elementary School.

In addition Dinwiddie public schools have also been canceled for tomorrow.

The situation in Dinwiddie is similar to many across the area. A fire broke out in Henrico County near Route 1.

It was very close to the Virginia Center Commons Mall and the Greentop sporting goods store.

In Louisa County. A massive fire near Freshwater Creek has spread over 400 acres. People are being evacuated there as well.
Emergency shelters have been established at Louisa County Middle School and Lake Anna Rescue.
Much like Dinwiddie people are being notified individually if they need to be evacuated.
In addition to the fire, there are also major power outages across Central Virginia as well as many downed trees and power lines.
At last check 33 thousand people have been without power.


#9 Midlo, va. home snow maker

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:31 PM

here is the bridge the truck was blown over on

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#10 pineywoodsli

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:36 PM

Wildfires in winter. That is just insane. Shows how persistant that damn SE Ridge is.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:40 PM

View PostMidlo, va. home snow maker, on Feb 10 2008, 10:31 PM, said:

here is the bridge the truck was blown over on

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That's a nice bridge.

#12 Chase

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:40 PM

View PostMidlo, va. home snow maker, on Feb 10 2008, 10:31 PM, said:

here is the bridge the truck was blown over on

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Here is the truck...
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#13 Chase

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:00 PM

11 PM Streaming News:
Charlottesville: http://nbc29.com/ Right hand side
Charlottesville: http://www.wcav.tv
Harrisonburg: http://www.whsv.com/ Left hand side "Live Newscast"
Winchester: http://www.tv3winchester.com

*=Unsure if they do it on the weekends.

#14 weathervswife

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:11 PM

I had my family packed up and ready to head to a hotel about 5:00......As soon as we got in the truck, the power came back on. :rolleyes:

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:23 PM

Some pictures of tonight's incidents.

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Montvale, Bedford County, VA

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Smith Mtn Lake area in Bedford County, VA

Richmond Area fires-Pictures

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 03:08 PM

The Currituck Wildfire (along the VA/NC border) is still going on. From my location, the smoke can clearly be seen. Here is a picture I just took a couple minutes ago...

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The fire is also clearly visable from satellite...

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This is not the closest wildfire I encountered here. One smaller one last summer was much closer (a much smaller one that was contained within a few hours)...

(Last summer)

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From WAVY-TV

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Camden-Pasquotank Emergency Management now has an operational Emergency Information Hotline. Residents of Camden County and Pasquotank County can call 252-331-7474 for updates regarding the brush fire currently burning in at the North Carolina and Virginia border in Camden County.


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CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY.com) -- The Chesapeake fire department is banning open burning: effective immediately. The ban includes burning of yard debris, land clearing, burned barrels and any other type of open burning. Captain Steve Johnson tells WAVY.com the ban will remain in place until further notice.


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Also, the west bound lanes, and one east bound lane of the 1100 block of Portsmouth Blvd. have closed due to another brush fire.

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Multiple Brush Fires Confirmed in Suffolk
Posted: Feb 10, 2008 01:59 PM EST
Updated: Feb 11, 2008 11:23 AM EST
Captain Jim Judkins confirms that fire crews are battling multiple brush fires in the area.


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Posted 12 February 2008 - 12:13 PM

The wildfire is still burning. They are waiting for the rain Wednesday to put it out. The main problem is the smoke.

Route 17 is now shut down. There was a 5 car pileup from the thick smoke that got them to finally close it.

Suffolk Airport is reporting thick smoke with 1.75 - 2.00 mile visbility. Chesapeake seems to be okay... 10.00 mile visibility.

The winds will push the smoke more to the north to impact Suffolk, Chesapeake, Nofolk, and Portsmouth later today.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 12:52 PM

View Postpineywoodsli, on Feb 10 2008, 10:36 PM, said:

Wildfires in winter. That is just insane. Shows how persistant that damn SE Ridge is.

This has nothing to do with a SE Ridge. The arctic front brought very windy and dry conditions which led to the fires.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:29 PM

View PostChaseS08, on Feb 10 2008, 10:07 PM, said:

Dinwiddie County Closed
Bedford County Closed
Craig County Closed
Grayson County Closed
Roanoke City Closed
Because of fires.
Dinwiddie Huh thats were i am i thought i smelled smoke.... :lightning:

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:33 PM

View Postjohnhowell, on Feb 12 2008, 12:52 PM, said:

This has nothing to do with a SE Ridge. The arctic front brought very windy and dry conditions which led to the fires.

I took it has trolling from a poster in NY. :arrowhead:





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