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Brush Fire Near Kanawha/Fayette County Lines Now 80 Acres

Reported: Apr. 14, 2014 9:54 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 14, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
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SMITHERS, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- The West Virginia Division of Forestry said a fire that's burning at the Kanawha and Fayette County lines is now about 80 acres in size.

Fire officials believe the fire was started by a power line in the area Sunday night. A plane spotted the fire and at first it was about five to ten acres in size. It grew to about 80 acres by Monday afternoon. Fire officials said the wind and topography of the area is fueling the fire.

At one point the fire was contained but the wind pushed it over a containment line. Fire crews are working to build another line in that area.

No homes are threatened at this time but crews are keeping a close eye on it.

Rain in the forecast could help put out the fire but crews are worried the wind ahead of that rain could cause it to get bigger.



MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Firefighters are keeping a close eye on a large brush fire that's burning on a hillside next to Route 60 at the Kanawha/Fayette County lines.

The fire was first reported on Sunday and was still burning Monday morning.

The Smithers Fire Department was on scene overnight Sunday keeping an eye on the fire so it didn't threaten any nearby homes.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry will be on the scene later Monday morning.

No word on how the fire started or how large it is.



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