Elevated Fire Danger remains in area with local assessments of damage

Warren County Fire and Rescue Logo. Used by permission by Warren County Deputy Director of Emergency Services Brian Foley

Elevated Fire Danger remain in effect until further notice for portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland following the March 20 outbreak of wildfires, high winds, and dry conditions.

Warren County Fire and Rescue assessment of the fires reports crews worked through the night into March 21 to contain nearly 40 reported incidents of fire emergencies.

Warren County declared a Local Emergency at 9 p.m. March 20.

One of the larger fires estimated at nearly 100 acres burned near McCoy’s Ford Road while another fire of roughly 4 acres in the Milldale area was contained but not before five homes were evacuated and two firefighters sustained injuries.

A flash fire on Panhandle Road resulted in a civilian injury with serious burns.

Damaging winds have reportedly caused thousands of power outages, downed a light pole at Bridgeforth Field and ripped the roof off a business in the 600 block of North Loudoun Street.

Numerous roads remain closed throughout the region but most evacuations have been lifted as the fires become contained.

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A total burn ban remains in effect until further notice in all surrounding counties.

Check with your local fire and rescue Facebook pages and local government websites for ongoing updates including shelter locations for evacuees and where to drop off needed supplies like water.

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