Virginia Department of Forestry wildland firefighters have been pulled in from other parts of the state to help battle blazes in several Southwest Virginia counties, the department said in a press release Tuesday.
According to Western Region Forester Ed Stoots, those include a roughly 20-acre fire Monday in the Stonega/Roda area that is believed to have been caused by hunting activity.
In Dickenson County, firefighters worked a roughly 20-acre blaze on April 16 and four separate blazes on April 17 ranging from about a quarter-acre to 125 acres, Stoots reported. One was caused by hot ashes and the others are under investigation, he noted.
In the release, John Miller, forestry department resource protection director, said: “We are nearing the end of spring wildfire season in Virginia, but the number and size of several wildland fires in far southwest Virginia are presenting a challenge. We’re moving some resources from our central and eastern regions to augment the folks in our western region who have been fighting a number of large wildfires, several of which appear to be the result of arson.”
Woods arson is a crime, and forestry officials offer up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for starting these wildfires. If you have any information that will help, please call the anonymous Arson Tip Line at 434/220-9053.