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Dean Fowler walks next to a back burn area set in hopes of stopping the spread of one of the fires.

PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. — Volunteer fire departments responded around 5 p.m. to several fires in wooded areas in Chatham and Blairs.

According to Blairs Volunteer Fire Department Dean Fowler, the fires were present in four separate areas of woods, all near the Norfolk Southern rail lines.

The cause of the fires is undetermined at this time. Fowler said crews will be “babysitting” the fire for most of the night, especially in an area off of Tightsqueeze Road where crews are conducting a “back burn” to stop the spread of the fire.

Several area agencies responded to the fire, including Chatham, Blairs, Climax, Mt. Hermon, Callands and Gretna volunteer fire departments, as well as the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Star-Tribune Staff Writer

Lanie Davis, a Danville native, joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 as a staff writer. Lanie was awarded 1st place in Education Writing by the Virginia Press Association in 2019.

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