March 5, 2007
According to officials six to eight broke out in Albemarle County this afternoon caused by high winds bringing down power lines.
"The main thing is they got here in plenty of time and I thank God for them" said Roy Paschall, who lives on Old Lynchburg Road.
Paschall lives right across the street from where a brush fire broke out. He was sitting on his porch and saw a tree fall on the electric wires.
"It made like a shot gun blast pop and then went down" said Paschall.
It sparked a fire that took an acre of land, a car, and a shed along with it, but fire officials' main concern was keeping the homes in the area from being threatened.
"There were a lot of concerns to exposure to the houses behind me adjacent to the broom straw field, and of course the wind is in excess of 40 miles per hour so we are concerned about that as well" said Albemarle County Fire Chief Dan Eggelston.
And about the same time fire fighters were battling this blaze, power lines spark another fire, this one on Georgetown Road. The street was closed for hours while fire fighters put out the blaze and Dominion repaired the lines.
"Do not approach a downed power line. Treat all power lines as if they were live becuase electricity is something you can't see" said Paul Stoneburner, Department of Forestry.
The low humidity and high winds fire officials said was a dangerous combination.
"I was worried about it getting across the road but they came in time and did a good job" said Paschall.
Fire officials were also battling brush fires in Nelson, Louisa and Madison counties Monday afternoon.