Crews Battle Blaze in Albemarle County

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

March 15, 2006

It was a busy day for dozens of fire fighters in our area. Many battled one of the larger fires to have erupted in Albemarle County. For some residents, it was too close for comfort.

Officials say the blaze charred somewhere between 35 - 40 acres.

They believe it sparked in the brush near Lambs Road and spread to areas along Rosland Heights Drive and Rosland Ridge Road.

About 40 firefighters from eight different departments were out battling this blaze. Crews hosed down the fire as well as cut down trees and brush so other areas could not spark up. The fire did at one point threaten several homes in the area.

Fire officials say with the dry, windy conditions - they've had their hands full.

"We've had a relatively high brush fire season thus far. Officially the brush fire season is from roughly February to April, and we're averaging 2-3 substantial brush fires a day and probably 10 to 15 small brush fires each day," said Scott Lambert with Albemarle County Fire Rescue

It took crews about an hour to get the flames under control.

It is 100 percent contained, although crews say there are still some hot spots.

Fire officials are not sure what started the fire. They tell me that today alone, about 10 different brush fires sparked up in the area.

If these weather conditions continue, there's a good chance the brush fires will as well. Officials want to remind the public that in Albemarle and surrounding counties, there is a burn ban that restricts outdoor burning until 4 p.m.

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