Near Spy Rock Mountain
Nelson County, Virginia
On Sunday morning April 3, Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets sent the following information along regarding a rescue on Spy Rock:
At 2:26AM Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was dispatched to assist a female hiker on the Appalachian Trail in the area of Spy Rock Mountain. The high winds had blown down an approximate 30″ diameter tree which fell upon her while she was sleeping. While traveling to the trail head, units encountered a downed tree completely blocking the Parkway which they had to cut and remove. Crews used a specialized transport ATV to get as close as they could, however had to hike the final mile +/- on foot using a basket to carry the patient. Her fellow hikers had already extricated her from beneath the tree upon arrival of rescue crews. She arrived at the hospital at approximately 6:00AM.
While crews were preparing for their hike out, the hikers pointed out what they believed to be a mountain fire. Sure enough….currently Piney River Fire, Wintergreen Fire, and the Forestry Department are working to contain.
Curtis N. Sheets, MPA
Deputy Executive Director
Chief of Fire & Rescue
Wintergreen Property Owners Association