SCOTT COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Allyn Horton lives off of Route 600 in Scott County, Virginia. He says he can’t believe someone would intentionally set fire to the woods near his property.
“I think it’s very cowardly,” he said.
Bill Miller with The Virginia Department of Forestry says on Veterans Day at around 1:30 p.m. someone set 8 different fires, burning an estimated 750 acres.
“It appears as though someone was driving up the road and either stopped and lit the fire intentionally or threw some sort of flammable material out the car window,” Miller said.
The damage stretches for nearly 6 miles beginning close to the Lee County line and ends at a small community called Drake’s Gap.
“Spent a lot of time doing structure protection in here. There are several homes, several out buildings, and several old barns that took quite a bit of our time to secure to make sure that they weren’t threatened and damaged by the fire,” Miller continued.
The fire is now 100% contained.
“We have crews in here today that are mopping up, we also have some crews in here that are doing fire line rehabilitation where we put water bars in the fire lines to make sure they don’t wash,” he said.
The search continues for who is responsible for all of the damage.
“I hope that someone that may have any information that may help the authorities, I hope they will come forward and maybe we can put a stop to this nonsense,” Horton said.
Arson is a felony which can mean jail time as well as a hefty fine.
A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information call the Virginia Department of Forestry at 540.387.5461 or the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 276.386.7679.
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