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Fire crews battle flare ups from large Chesterfield brush fire

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Crews with Chesterfield worked all day Thursday to put out hot spots that still flared up from Wednesday's large brush fire.

At least 75 acres are now charred along Route 288 near Courthouse Road. The flames spread quickly and came right up to the highway shutting down the highway for hours.

Video of Wednesday shows how quickly the flames spread. It came right up to the highway, shutting down part of Route 288 for hours.

On Thursday, the Department of Forestry walked the fire line mapping out the damage. Firefighters had worked through the night to contain the flames.

"It does put a taxing on their bodies but the men and women of Chesterfield Fire and EMS did a great job getting this fire under control," said Lt. Jason Elmore.

It's under control, but not fully extinguished yet.

"We still got elevated temperatures, low humidity with some wind conditions so we're just encouraging people to be safe and try to refrain from burning today," Lt. Elmore said.

Fire crews also ran into the problem of bodies of water in the woods. While you would think this would help, trucks and bulldozers had a hard time getting around the water to get to the burned areas.

While most of the flames have been put out people who live around here are still a bit nervous.

"For the kids it's a little scary. They keep asking is it going to get close to our house? Is it going to burn down our church?" said Angie Knutson.

Fire crews say they will be monitoring the wooded area all night.

When it comes to the cause of this brush fire, the fire marshal has two theories. He believes somebody threw out a cigarette or sparks from a car caused the flames.

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