High winds fan flames
Wildfire threatened a South Richmond shopping mall as high winds and low humidity fanned dozens of fires across the state yesterday.
A wind-whipped brush fire burned about four acres behind a South Richmond strip mall yesterday.
Jones: I tell ya, the flames appeared to be at least twenty feet high. It seemed like they were just rapidly moving.
It happened behind the mall in the 7100 block of Forest Hill Avenue near Chippenham Parkway.
Jones: Around said they discovered a area behind the grocery store in the shopping plaza that was on fire.
Richmond Fire Lt. Shawn Jones.
Jones: The caller initially indicated that it was like a half-acre; certainly before we were able to bring the fire under control, it had spread to four acres.
It was the same story in Henrico, where half-a-dozen brush fires were reported, and all across Virginia.
O'Donnell: Yes, sir, we actually were working quite a few fires across the state.
Greg O’Donnell, at the Virginia Department of Forestry, reminds us this is the first official day of Spring fire season, and burning is prohibited before 4pm, within 300 feet of woodlands, brushlands or any fields that contain dry grass.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News