- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia state foresters say a wildfire in Botetourt (BAHT’-uh-tawt) County has grown to 450 acres and is likely to more than double that before it is snuffed.

The Virginia Department of Forestry said Wednesday the fire has tripled in size since Monday because of high winds, low humidity and dry conditions. Besides the Short Hills fire, the department says 29 other fires were reported Tuesday encompassing 580 acres.

Firefighters say they’ll begin a “burning out” operation to contain the fire. That involves setting fires between the main fire and barriers created by bulldozers.

The department’s resource protection director, John Miller, says the Botetourt fire has stretched resources and personnel and equipment have been called in from around Virginia.

The department reported no injuries or property damage.



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