Big Hollow Fire Now 80% Contained

The United States Forest Service, Warm Springs District, reported Saturday, September 25, 2010 that "the fire is located about 2 miles SSW of the town of Millboro Springs, Virginia, in Bath County, in the Big Hollow drainage near Sugar Hollow Road."

It apparently was reported about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with the expected cause as a lightning strike on Wednesday.

The first initially involved about 15 acres, but later spread to about 117 acres.

Approximately 55 firefighters have worked to contain the blaze.

According to the Forest Service, "The fire is located on a ridgetop visible from vantage points along Virginia Secondary Road 633. The nearest road is about one half mile away. Steep slopes drop off on either side of the ridgetop. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered. The safety of the public and firefighters will always remain our top priority."

The fire is now 80% contained and should be 100% contained by Tuesday, September 28, the Forest Service reported.

It also said that Coffee Pot Road (Forest Road 462) is closed

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