Charlottesville VA – Central Virginia Fire News

by staff on February 21, 2011

Charlottesville VA FiresCharlottesville had plenty of warning before the high winds arrived last Saturday.  News and weather forecasts had anticipated the winds… and had even reported small grass fires the previous day as a result of the tinder-dry conditions.   You would think that people would listen.  But apparently the word didn’t get around or else it was ignored.

As a result, some people went ahead and did such things as light small brush fires while doing early spring-cleanup in their yards and on their land.  And central Virginians have had to fight the barely-controlled fires all over the area.  Firefighters have been busy putting out fires ranging from the Shenandoah Valley through the upscale Charlottesville western Albemarle County neighborhood of Ragged Mt (adjacent to Rosemont and The Rocks) …. all the way through Louisa County which has declared a local state of emergency.  Even I-64 was closed for a period of time because of the smoke and fire danger. 

Apparently a “red flag warning” was issued by the weather service, warning of the high chance of fire danger.  But Virginians are unaccustomed to the language or meaning of “red flag warning”, perhaps one reason it was widely ignored.

We all know better than to do this.  It’s going to be a long (and potentially dry) spring.  And because we see people burning small fires to clean up their properties as we drive around showing central Virginia land and farms to buyers, we want to add our voices to the warnings.  Please be careful.

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