Smoke in Roanoke County as crews battle forest fire

Photo: Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department
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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke County firefighters are battling a forest fire Wednesday morning.

A report of the fire came in around 6 a.m. Crews have been working throughout the morning to access the fire area on the top of Fort Lewis Mountain. The fire is about one acre.

The fire is contained, as of 9:30 a.m., according to the incident commander. Crews from the Department of Forestry and Roanoke County will stay on scene to monitor the fire. The fire is in the Haven's Wildlife Management Area, which is owned by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The area that firefighters are dealing with is steep, rocky and thorny. The wind is also not helping matters.

People are likely seeing a lot of smoke in the area as the trees and leaves burn.

Crews are also back on scene and monitoring a fire that was started at McAfee Knob in Roanoke County. That fire was also about an acre and was contained Tuesday. The fire was caused by a campfire that was improperly extinguished.

Chris Thomsen with the Virginia Department of Forestry said the chance for wild fires will increase throughout the day as winds pick up. Thomsen is urging hunters, campers, and leaf peepers to use caution.