Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fire in western Augusta County

Smoke began billowing around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the ridge behind our house.

By 6:45 or so the first sirens could be heard as firefighters began arriving from various departments.

This was the smoke behind our house. The fire was about an eight of a mile south of this view.

As darkness fell the flames could be seen leaping above the treetops.

It's dark and the fire is still roaring on the ridge behind the house. It's been a regular freeway through here as folks who could see the fire from miles away have driven out to park along the road and watch.

We sat with neighbors until after dark watching the fire trucks arriving, the traffic, the black smoke billowing, and the flames leaping higher than the treetops. Prayers for the safety of the firefighters who are working the fire even as I type.

Which departments responded? We heard many trucks and many sirens.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
16 September 2010

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