Woods Fire - Beech Grove Road

At 12:20PM Sunday an attentive resident from Fortune's Point (Wintergreen) noticed a fire in the valley below.  Crews responded however were initially unable to pinpoint the source.  Once access was gained it was determined that power lines to a hunting cabin had blown down sparking a slow moving forest fire. 

Personnel from Wintergreen Fire Stations 1 & 2 as well as Rockfish Fire Department were on the initial assignment.  A huge shout-out goes to firefighter Jack Taggart and his 3 "fellow rats" visiting from Virginia Military Institute for the weekend.  They were quick to grab rakes and assist with establishing a fire-line from a safe distance.  (The VMI Crew is pictured below) 

Due to high wind and fire potential, the Virginia Department of Forestry had 14 firefighters staged at Lovingston Fire Department for County-wide deployment.  They were dispatched and arrived approximately 30 minutes later. 

A good team effort kept everything in check and led to a favorable outcome. 

All Wintergreen owners were notified of the threat using the "Alert Wintergreen" system.  If you're a Wintergreen owner and you didn't receive the "Fire Advisory Notice" please contact us to get your into the system or update your contacts. 

 This photo was taken by a "fire-spotter" positioned at the Plunge Park on Blackrock Drive at Wintergreen.  Fire and wind conditions were continuously monitored to be certain there was no threat to the Wintergreen community.

This photo was taken by a "fire-spotter" positioned at the Plunge Park on Blackrock Drive at Wintergreen.  Fire and wind conditions were continuously monitored to be certain there was no threat to the Wintergreen community.

 Jack Taggart and his 3 "fellow rats" visiting from Virginia Military Institute

Jack Taggart and his 3 "fellow rats" visiting from Virginia Military Institute

ReportsMike Riddle