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Brush fires plague Halifax County fire departments

High winds and dry conditions fueled no fewer than five brush fires in Halifax County Monday and at least four on Tuesday.

The largest fire Monday covered approximately 25 acres on Calvary Road and burned an abandoned two-story farmhouse and a shed to the ground, according to a Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters were called at 11:05 a.m. to 2240 Calvary Road for a report of a brush fire.

When they arrived, the firefighters found heavy smoke and fire burning in an area of cutover brush and pine trees near the residence of Allen and Leslie Keck, the spokesman said.

Firefighters were able to keep the blaze from reaching the home, he added.

Turbeville VFD responded with three trucks and eight firefighters, assisted by Cluster Springs VFD with two trucks and three firefighters, Semora, N.C. VFD with two trucks and four firefighters, Ringgold VFD with three trucks and four firefighters, Laurel Grove VFD with two trucks and several firefighters, Kentuck VFD with one truck and three firefighters, Ceffo, N.C. VFD with one truck and four firefighters and the Virginia Department of Forestry with two bulldozers and manpower.

The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle from Danville also responded to the scene, assisted by the Halifax-Charlotte County Red Cross with help from McDonalds in Centerville which provided hamburgers and ice tea for the firefighters who were fighting the fire.
Firefighters remained on the scene until around 7 p.m., the spokesman said.

Halifax Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders said no injuries or deaths were reported, and no evacuations were ordered. Saunders also said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Halifax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a small brush fire at 1000 Little Road Lane at 11:58 a.m.

A fire department spokesman said when firefighters arrived they found a grass fire burning on approximately 1,000 square feet on the side of the road.

It took less than an hour to extinguish the fire, and firefighters cleared the scene at 12:48 p.m., the spokesman said.

Halifax VFD responded with one truck and six firefighters, assisted by South Boston Fire Department with one truck and five firefighters.
North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, extinguished two brush fires Monday afternoon.

Chief Ronnie Waller said firefighters were called to 5100 Leda Road at 2:30 p.m. after a slash pile reignited. Waller said the piles of slash had been burned three weeks ago, and smoke was coming out of several stumps covering approximately one-fourth of an acre.

Then at 3:47 p.m. firefighters were called to 1010 L.C. Lane for another fire, Waller said.

A refuse barrel had been burned Saturday, and the fire reignited and spread over approximately one-half acre of woodland, the chief explained.

North Halifax VFD with two trucks and nine firefighters and Liberty VFD with two trucks and six firefighters responded to both fires.
They remained on the scene until around 5 p.m., Waller said.

Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department was called to 4082 Cluster Springs Road at 7:30 p.m. for a small brush fire.

Chief Mike Harris said the landowner had burned some brush last week, and the 4 X 5 foot area began to smolder.

Cluster Springs VFD responded with one truck and eight firefighters. They extinguished the fire and cleared the scene in less than an hour, Harris said.

Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department was called to the 1000 block of Easley Cross Trail at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday for a reported brush fire.
Chief Jay Reese said when they arrived they found a stump burning and quickly extinguished it.

Scottsburg VFD responded with one truck and five firefighters. They cleared the scene at 11:45 a.m., Reese said.

Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Ridgeway Road, about one-fourth of a mile off Route 57, at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday.

A fire department spokesman said when they arrived at the scene they found about one-half acre of woods on fire. The spokesman said the wind luckily was blowing against the fire. If it had been blowing in the opposite direction the result could have been more perilous, he added.

Oak Level VFD responded with three trucks and seven firefighters, assisted by Halifax VFD with two trucks and four firefighters and the Virginia Department of Forestry with equipment and manpower.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 2:15 p.m., the spokesman said.

Midway Volunteer Fire Department and South Boston Fire Department were called to a brush fire on Ramble Road near 9005 Bill Tuck Highway at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

A South Boston Fire Department spokesman said the fire was on an embankment on land owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Midway VFD responded with one truck and five firefighters, assisted by South Boston with two trucks and five firefighters, the spokesman said.

They cleared the scene at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department responded to 5115 Clarkton Road at 3:29 p.m. Tuesday for a report of two small brush fires.

Chief Rodney Francisco said four trucks and 10 firefighters responded to the scene.

Additional information was not available at press time. Chief Francisco said the incident is under investigation.

The 4 p.m. Burning Law went into effect Tuesday and runs through April 30, according to forestry officials. No burning is allowed until after 4 p.m.