Fire Crews Battle Brush Fire in Waterloo

High winds and remnants of a trash fire created the first of several calls on Saturday for fire crews in and around Clarke County.

Crews responded to the scene of a fire in Waterloo Saturday morning at approximately 10:30A.M. Officials say the fire started with a trash fire that spread to a large compost pile behind the Apple Blossom U-Store-It located on Route 50 near the intersection of Route 340. High winds spread embers from the burning compost pile to the surrounding wooded area and approximately two acres caught fire.

Crews wet down compost pile - Photo by Mike Dowling

Chief Brian Conrad from the Boyce Fire Company was in command on the scene and described the control effort. “We’re trying to control the outside edge which is pretty well stopped. Crews created a fire line around the fire with the forestry crawler and we have two brush trucks and 15 people working the wooded area.”

Crews contained the perimeter of the fire by 11:30 A.M. and were working throughout the afternoon to eliminate hot spots and potential flare ups. Forestry Service crews were also on hand using a drip torch to set controlled burns within the perimeter to maintain control of the fire area.

The burning compost pile required special attention. The wet organic matter in the large pile created a smoldering mass that could be easily reignited in windy conditions. Chief Conrad said, “We will have to go through this whole pile and turn it over to make sure the whole thing is out.”

In addition to Boyce, crews from Shenandoah Farms, Enders, Warren County, Stephen City, and the Department of Forestry were observed on scene

Fire crews were also called to a brush fire on Blue Ridge Mountain road at approximately 2:00PM.   While crews were en-route to the brush fire a call came from Warren county for a structure fire on Red Gate Road near Shenandoah Farms.

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  1. I hope they write a ticket to the idiot burning on a day like today. And send them a bill for service.

  2. I agree, People should know that with the high winds that there is the risk of a fire. The fire in Warren yesterday spread to the park. About 800-1000 acres consumed. It started on private property.