UPDATE: Clinch Mountain forest fire now 75 percent contained
The Virginia Department of Forestry says the forest fire that ignited on the south side of Clinch Mountain on Saturday has burned about 100 acres.
Senior Area Forester of Scott County Bill Miller says they are using crews from the Wise County Correctional Unit to conduct mop up operations Sunday. It was at 20 percent containment Saturday evening, he says they now have the fire 75 percent contained. However, you may still see smoke from Clinch Mountain. Miller says the fire is still actively burning inside the containment lines.
About 12 homes were threatened by the fire, Miller says they are still monitoring the structures.
He says they believe the fire started when someone threw a cigarette on the ground, but the cause is still under investigation.
A grass fire in Scott County has spread to the top of Clinch Mountain.
Scott County dispatchers say a call came in about a grass fire in the Yuma Community around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Dispatchers say the fire spread to the south side of Clinch Mountain.
Senior Forester of Scott County Bill Miller told us he estimates the fire is about 45 to 50 acres large. They say it is about 20 percent contained, but they are struggling to hold containment lines because of the steep terrain. He says this part of the mountain is some of the roughest terrain in southwest Virginia.
Miller says about 8-12 homes and numerous outbuildings are threatened by the blaze. The cause is under investigation.
Crews from Wise, Lee and Scott Counties are all on scene.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.