WYTHE CO., Va. -

Firefighters expect a forest fire burning near Speedwell in Wythe County will be fully contained by late Friday.

The fire has burned about 1,507 acres since it was discovered November 12th.  Some 75 firefighters have been working on the fire near Horse Heaven Mountain.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


Firefighters made significant progress putting out a wild fire in Wythe County on Wednesday.

The fire is now 80 percent contained. That’s a 10 percent increase from Tuesday.

The fire has burned 1,507 acres. Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Friday.


The Landfill Fire near Speedwell in Wythe County is now 70 percent contained.

The fire has burned around 1,200 acres. Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Friday.

Eighty firefighters are battling the fire, which was first reported Nov. 12.


According to the USDA Forest Service, the landfill fire on Horse Heaven Mountain in the Speedwell area of Wythe County is about 68% contained as of Tuesday.

Approximately 1,088 acres have been burned. Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire.

High winds on Monday kept firefighters from burning out the remaining portions of unburned fuels within the perimeter of the landfill fire on the mountain.

The fire is located on the north slope of the mountain, about one mile south of the town of Speedwell in Wythe County. It is east of Highway 21 and south of the Speedwell Landfill.

Approximately 80 firefighters and support staff including three initial attack crews, one dozer, one engine and a helicopter are assisting with the fire.

Rehabilitation work is currently under way on portions of the fire.


Rain over the weekend helped firefighters keep the Horse Heaven Mountain fire in check, but now wind and dry air are the challenge. 

U.S. Forest Service Spokesperson Michael Williams said there are about 400 acres still burning within the perimeter as of midday Monday.


The brush fire in Wythe County remains at 1,088 acres.

Around 130 firefighters continue to battle the fire.

The fire was first reported Tuesday night. The cause is still under investigation.


UPDATED: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

The Landfill Fire in Speedwell continued to grow on Sunday. 

Officials now say the fire has grown to 1088 acres.