800 acre wildfire controlled

BLACKWATER, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Forestry says
they have controlled an 800-acre wildfire in the state's remote
southwest corner.
The department said the fire in 8-foot buffalo grass was
declared under control Tuesday afternoon after threatening more
than 30 homes and other structures in the Blackwater area. The fire
did not cause any injuries or structural damage.
The fire began Monday in Lee County, which is in Virginia's
farthest southwest corner and bordered by Tennessee and Kentucky.
The fire was in the vicinity of Routes 600 and 602.
Despite the mountainous terrain, department firefighters and
local volunteers put a containment line around the fire before
declaring it under control. Forestry officials said they will
monitor the smoldering fire for the next few days.
The cause of the fire is not known.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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