Officials: 125-acre wildfire in Patrick Co. contained


Fire in Stuart, Virginia (WGHP)

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PATRICK COUNTY, Va. — More than 100 firefighters, including some from North Carolina, have contained but not totally controlled a wildfire that grew to about 125 acres in Patrick County, Va.

The fire started around 1:25 p.m. west of Stuart. Some homes have been evacuated, and firefighters said they did everything they could to keep flames from getting too close to homes.

Officials said parts of the fire are contained but not extinguished and they are working to improve control lines and will address the hot spots today.

Authorities said there were evacuations yesterday, but none in place today. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the fire had grown to about 70 acres. Firefighters said it grew overnight because of the wind and terrain.

A cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. Firefighters from as far as Stokes County drove up to help battle the fire.

A FOX8 photojournalist said he could see smoke from the North Carolina-Virginia state line, which is 10 miles away from the actual fire.

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