Green Guide

Amherst County wildfire keeps growing; no evacuations yet

Posted November 23

— A wildfire in Amherst County has continued to grow.

The Virginia Department of Forestry tells news outlets that the flames encompassed about 4,800 acres Tuesday night. The fire began Saturday afternoon in the George Washington National Forest and had spread to 1,200 acres by Sunday night.

The flames are near the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area, about 35 miles north of Lynchburg.

Officials did not have an estimate on when the fire would be contained.

Steve Counts with the Virginia Department of Forestry says firefighters are working tirelessly, but strong winds and dry conditions are making their work especially difficult. He says evacuations could be necessary at some point.

Fire officials ask local residents to clear fire hazard materials away from their homes including wood piles, leaves and brush.

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