From the sky, firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service flew over a small section of the Jefferson National forest known as Horse Heaven Mountain.

A firefighter took a GoPro camera in the chopper to shoot some video of the fire for WDBJ7.

From the chopper, the video shows smoke that looks more like a slow moving fog. Beneath that canopy more than 50 acres are burning.

The Speedwell Fire Department took the first call late Tuesday night.
Speedwell firefighter Gus Kincer was standing with a group of his compatriots.
I asked Kincer what happened late Tuesday night after his crew got the call.

"10:00 at night we get ten people out to this fire. You know we had enough but not nearly enough, so we chose not to go in and called the [U.S.] Forest Service to come in and we waited till morning.,” Kincer said.

Federal fire crews met up at what used to be a landfill, but now is the staging center for what's being called "the Landfill Fire."

On the way to the staging area, WDBJ7 photographer Chris Jenkins noticed bright pink ribbons newly tied on street signs and tree limbs. Those ribbons are how firefighters communicate, letting each other know where the staging area is being set up. The ribbons helped us find the location.

Officials say at least 20 firefighters have been pulled from different locations. ATVs and bulldozers have been sent in. More equipment to fight the fire is at the ready and the government-contracted helicopter stays in the air.

Out from the tops of trees, what looked like smoke signals billowed upward. The chopper kept making pass after pass, looking for safe access routes and the best ways to keep fighting this fire.

Neighbors say there's a good number of horse and ATV trails around Horse Heaven. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Beth Merz says there are no homes in the Jefferson National Forest, but firefighters are working hard.

"They're looking for the best locations to put in some containment lines. It's a generally north-facing slope but it's very dissected and so there's a lot of drainage in there, there's a lot of very steep ground," Merz said.

Merz said there are several thousand acres of national forest land between the flames and any homes.