- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - State foresters say they have made significant progress containing a wildfire in Botetourt (BAHT’-uh-tawt) County that has burned 780 acres.

Working in steep and rocky terrain, firefighters have used hand tools and bulldozers to create a line around the fire. The Virginia Department of Forestry reported Thursday the fire is 70 percent contained.

Still, the department expects the fire will have scorched more than 1,300 acres before it is fully snuffed.

Officials blame the improper disposal of hot ashes for sparking the fire. Dry, windy conditions spread the flames.

There have been no injuries or property damage.

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