Earlier Today in Roanoke.
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.
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.
Hampton Roads/Northeast NC
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.
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.