Norton, Va – Thousands of acres along the Virginia–Kentucky border near Pound, Virginia, continue to burn Sunday night as crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Kentucky Division of Forestry, and USDA Forest Service fire personnel are jointly managing the incident.
According to a government spokesperson, control efforts are focused on protecting the communities of Jenkins and Burdine in Kentucky and residences along South Mountain Road and White Oak Creek Road north of Pound, VA.
Kentucky National Guard Blackhawk Helicopters are working closely with Kentucky Division of Forestry ground forces to defend structures in Jenkins and Burdine, while a large Chinook Helicopter is supporting Virginia Department of Forestry and USDA Forest Service firefighters along South Mountain Road and White Oak Creek Road.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, more than 100 firefighters from 9 states, including Virginia, Kentucky, California, Maine, New Mexico, and Florida are working to contain the blaze.
“There is a temporary restriction of open fires on the Clinch Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests,” noted a fire official.
Residents of the area are advised to exercise extreme caution while driving along highway 23 near Pine Mountain as smoke may impair visibility. “We ask that you slow down, watch out for smoke from the fire, and anticipate slow moving traffic,” noted a Virginia official.
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