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VDOF Firefighter perishes while fighting a fire

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) reports the loss of a firefighter during a brush fire fight in Scott County on March 30.

The fire was being fought in the Garland Drive area of the county when part time  Firefighter James C. Ward collapsed and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee where he was pronounced deceased.

Ward was an experienced VDOF firefighter who had been with the agency since 1998.

The cause of the fire Ward and his fellow firefighters were fighting remains under investigation.

In the last two days the VDOF has suppressed more than 30 wildfires which have burned 1,000 acres in Southwestern Virginia alone.

Not to mention the recent firefights in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Firefighter Ward was just in the Page County area the week before helping with the fires there.

Virginia residents are reminded to be cautious with fire and remember it is illegal to burn before 4 p.m. until April 30.

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