Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 12, 2014

Brush fire threatens Oakwood area

OAKWOOD, Va. — Local volunteer firefighters, and firefighters with the Virginia Department of Forestry, were dispatched Tuesday after a large brush fire started approaching homes in the Oakwood area.

Brush fires were reported in the Boggy Creek area at 5:01 p.m. and at Osborn Mountain at 3:28 p.m., according to a Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. The Oakwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Virginia Department of Forestry were sent to the scene.

One resident, 44-year-old Vickie Moore of Oakwood, said the fire was approaching her home when it was noticed.

“It is about 500 feet away now,” she told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Tuesday evening. “It was 100 feet earlier, but they’ve got it retained now.”

Moore and her neighbors noticed the fire at approximately 5:30 p.m. when smoke and flames became visible. She estimated that the brush fire was impacting 100 to 150 acres.

“You could see the smoke well and the flames as well,” she said. “It was pretty smoky and the winds were pretty high. You could see the smoke and flames before they got to your house, and you know then it’s close to home. It’s a mountainous area here.”

The fire started when a person living nearby started burning trash, Moore said.

“The neighbor down below us told us she was going to burn some trash, and she turned around and walked to her porch for some reason. And when she turned back around, it was already out of control.”

Moore said there were six more homes in her vicinity, but she had not heard of any property damage. Firefighters were still on the scene Tuesday evening.

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