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    Firefighters hope to contain blaze near Kentucky line 12/7

    UNDATED (AP) - State forestry officials say fire crews hope to
    contain a blaze today that has burned 900 acres in the mountains
    near the Virginia-Kentucky line.
    Investigators believe the fire was deliberately set. About 100
    firefighters have been battling the blaze since Sunday in Dickenson
    County, north of Haysi (HAY'-see). Much of the charred land is in
    the Jefferson National Forest and about 200 acres are privately
    owned.
    Spokesman Gregg O'Donnell with the Virginia Department of
    Forestry says the terrain is steep and rocky and gusty winds are
    making conditions difficult.
    Parts of southwest Virginia are under a wind advisory today.
    The 100 firefighters on the job include 25 from the forestry
    agency, Job Corps workers, U-S Forest Service teams and volunteers
    from local fire departments.

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    Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, www.timesdispatch.com
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    December 12th

    GLASGOW, Va. (AP) - Two fires joined Tuesday to create a
    1,000-acre forest fire, closing a portion of the Blue Ridge
    Parkway, officials said.
    The fire is located in a remote section of the George Washington
    National Forest near Peavine Mountain primarily accessible by dirt
    roads. Firefighters have had to navigate steep, rocky terrain to
    fight it.
    No homes are threatened and no injuries were reported. More than
    120 firefighters and crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Park
    Service, state forestry department and Cold Springs County
    Correctional Facility battled the blaze on Tuesday.
    The fire has grown from about 10 small fires that ultimately
    developed into two, each encompassing hundreds of acres.
    A report issued Tuesday by the National Interagency Coordination
    Center said the fires should be contained by Friday. U.S. Forest
    Service spokeswoman Donna Wilson said officials would continue to
    monitor the burnt area for several weeks.
    Wilson said the affected acreage is expected to increase.
    "When it's totally in the black, it will be like 1,800 acres"
    burned, Wilson said.
    Wilson said investigators have determined the blaze was set by
    one or more people, but they do not know if it was an accident or
    arson.
    The fire has closed all national forest service roads in the
    Peavine Mountain area along with the section of the Blue Ridge
    Parkway between Otter Creek Campground and U.S. 60.
    The area is often used by hunters, said Gary Roakes, Amherst
    County public safety director.



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    Information from: The News & Advance,
    http://www.newsadvance.com/
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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