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Louisa officials anticipate lifting emergency declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21, 2011

Contact: Amanda L. Reidelbach

Phone: (540) 223-6929

Email: areidelbach@louisa.org

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Louisa County officials anticipate lifting the local state of emergency declared Saturday during the height of the forest fire that has consumed approximately 1,300 acres later today.  The fire began around 2:00 pm Saturday after a downed tree struck a power line on the 1000 block of Chopping Road.

The fire remains contained but continues to smoke and smolder. Local firefighters and personnel from the Department of Forestry are monitoring the operation to ensure there are no rekindles.

No serious injuries were reported.

Firefighters battled several forest and brush fires Saturday and Sunday. Two fires located in the eastern area of Louisa County consumed an estimated 75 acres each. Smaller brush fires were quickly extinguished on St. Francis Street in the Town of Mineral, Cedar Hill Road, West Green Springs Road, Hanback Road, and Signboard Road.

At the height of the Saturday’s 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 worked tirelessly to contain the immense forest fire.

Citizens are reminded that the Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law went into effect February 15, 2011, the start of spring fire season in Virginia. This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15 and April 30 if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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