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Brush fire closes Mt. Olive Road, fire crews then called to airport

Updated 4:30 p.m.: A plane that was missing for a short time this afternoon has been found and safely landed. Fire crews had been called to the Stafford Regional Airport in case of emergency, but it was a false alarm. The plane took off from the Manassas Regional Airport but then lost touch with controllers. “There was a miscommunication between the tower at Manassas and the plane,” Doyle said. “But it is now safely on the ground.” The plane landed back at Manassas.


A barn-type building and an area of wooded land burned down this afternoon in western Stafford County.

Stafford’s Fire and Rescue crews responded to a brush fire around 2 p.m. Friday. The 500 block of Mt. Olive Road was closed down for about an hour and a half, but is now reopen.

“It basically got out of control and extended to an out-building, a barn type building,” said spokesman Mark Doyle.

A piece of land about the size of a football field also burned. Doyle said there were no injuries and no estimate on any damage.

The fire crews were then called to the nearby Stafford Regional Airport for an aircraft emergency. Someone reported seeing smoke in the area of the airport, which could have been from the Mt. Olive Road brush fire or from something else. They were also looking to see if a plane was involved.

“We’re checking the area and haven’t been able to confirm anything,” Doyle said.