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Louisa fire contained, 1,300 acres destroyed


February 20, 2011

Contact: Amanda L. Reidelbach

Phone: (540) 223-6929


LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Louisa County declared a local state of emergency yesterday just after 6:30 pm because of a forest fire that damaged approximately 1,300 acres between Chopping Road, Old County Road, Zachary Taylor Highway and Spring Road.

By 6:00 am today, the fire was fully contained. Personnel will be working on a lengthy clean up effort throughout the day.  No serious injuries were reported.

Residents evacuated from areas near the fire have been released to return to their homes. The emergency shelter is closed. One house, two sheds, one barn and one vehicle were destroyed with two additional homes sustaining minor damage.

At the height of the operation, nearly 50 firefighters from all volunteer departments in Louisa County, all on-duty career members of the Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS including all administrative staff, numerous personnel from the Department of Forestry, and mutual aid companies from Spotsylvania, Hanover, Henrico and Prince George Counties assisted. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control and evacuation assistance.

The portion of Zachary Taylor Highway closed yesterday has been opened to traffic. VDOT has placed low visibility signs throughout the area because of the changing winds and smoke conditions. Persons traveling in this area are urged to use caution.

Units from Louisa County and the Department of Forestry will be remaining at the scene most of today for hot spots.

The fire began around 2:00 pm yesterday after a downed tree struck a power line on the 1000 block of Chopping Road.

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