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Downed Power Lines Spark Forest Fire Near Wintergreen Entrance (2:40 PM – Under Control)

[ 1 ] March 3, 2018 |

Photo courtesy of John Holman : Smoke rises from a mountain / forest fire in the the vicinity of the Tectonics II office building in Beech Grove just below the entrance to Wintergreen Resort. Saturday – March 3, 2018

Beech Grove
Nelson County, Virginia

By Tommy Stafford

Via WFD at 2:45 PM:

“The fire near Wintergreen is under control. Wintergreen fire crews have cleared the scene. The Virginia Department of Forestry will remain on the scene to monitor any hot spots.”

Numerous fire crews from around the area are fighting a forest fire on the side of a mountain near the Tectonics II office building in Beech Grove. “Downed power lines sparked the fire. We’ve got about 25 firefighters on the scene now along with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department giving assistance,” Chief Curtis Sheets told us early Saturday afternoon.

As of this post around 1:45 PM Saturday, firefighters had the fire surrounded and it was not affecting large trees, but was low level.

Our BRL SkiBarn Cam snapshot Saturday afternoon shows the smoke rising in the distance. Click on that image above to see the most recent screenshot.

Above our live BRL SkiBarn WeatherNow weather station near the fire scene. Generally the winds have been gusting between 10-20 MPH with gust as high as 40 MPH this afternoon. Click on the image above to see more data.

As of early Saturday afternoon there was no danger to the public and crews were confident of getting the fire out.

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  1. Hope everyone involved in Fighting this Fire or Traffic Control Stays Safe!!!

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