- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Crews are continuing to monitor a brush fire along the border of Franklin and Roanoke counties.

Franklin County Public Safety spokesman Billy Ferguson tells media outlets that the fire started in a resident’s yard shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. He says the homeowner was burning some brush.

Ferguson says gusty winds and low humidity stoked the flames, causing them to spread quickly.

Virginia Department of Forestry spokesman John Campbell said it was about 60 percent contained by Thursday afternoon.

Officials estimate the flames stretch about 150 acres.

Virginia Department of Forestry spokesman Joe Boswell says there’s still some danger with the fire because there’s still heat and items like logs and stumps still burning.

No injuries were reported. At least one storage building has been destroyed by the fire.


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