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Firefighters: Brush fire near Buena Vista is no danger to homes, school

The fire has burned about 40 acres so far

June 06, 2011|David Seidel | Assignment Manager
Bruce Young/News-7

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. — A brush fire near Buena Vista has burned about 40 acres but firefighters say there is no danger to private homes or other buildings.

The fire was discovered Sunday about a mile and a half from town, near Route 607. About 30 people from the U. S. Forest Service are building lines around the fire today.  They hope to contain the fire to national forest property.


Residents should expect to see smoke and fire in the area for several days.  "We are relatively close to the high school in Buena Vista so they may see smoke and smell some smoke," Forest Service spokesman Peter Irvine told News-7.  "But there's no danger to homeowners or the high school in Buena Vista."  Crews have a helicopter on standby, in case they need help from the air.

Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire, but there has been lightning in the area over the past few days.

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