Brush fire burns over five acres

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The rain provided a bit of relief Thursday, but it was not enough to help fight a brush fire in a rural section of eastern Henrico.

Crews working a 5-acre brush fire near Osborne Turnpike and Kingsland Road near the Osborne Landing boat ramp.  About 40 firefighters and workers from the state forestry department were called to the scene.

It took more than forty fire fighters and several tanks of water to get the upperhand on the brush fire.

At least five acres were charred and because the ground was so dry, it was six hours before fire fighters felt safe enough to leave the scene.

The danger for a fire is at a heightened level now.

Veteran firefighters and ones in training teamed up to tackle hotspot after hotspot because high winds kept rekindling the areas they thought were extinguished.

Several acres had already burned by the time crews responded.

The State Department of Forestry brought in a bulldozer to blaze a path for water trucks to get through and create a line around the fire to contain it.

Bulldozers were deployed to both Charles City and King William counties as well because of brush fires.

The lingering flames serves as a reminder that people need to be extra careful during this dry spell.

The cause of the Henrico blaze is still under investigation.

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