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Firefighters control blaze

A fire that burned more than 400 acres at Hiwassee a week ago, rekindled Monday, but is not posing any new threat, according to Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson.
He said the hot weather combined with high winds Monday to cause some leaves and other debris within the fire containment line to re-ignite.
A large amount of smoke visible in the area made the fire appear to be larger than it actually was. However, Virginia Department of Forestry crews remained on-site this morning to make sure the fire stays within containment lines established a week earlier.
“It’s nowhere near what it looked like,” Hutchinson said of the rekindled blaze. “There was a lot of smoke, but not a lot of fire.”
He stressed that the rekindled fire has not escaped the containment area and is not posing any new threat. The area is being hosed down good in an effort to put out any hot spots that may remain.
Plans call for the forest service to pull out of the area at 8 p.m. tonight, but that is subject to change, the fire marshal said.
A North Carolina man who has a cabin in the Allisonia area has been charged with accidentally setting the fire. Authorities said he piled trash onto a fire pit that he was unaware still contained embers from a fire the night before.
Wiley L. Goad of Mt. Airy will have to pay suppression costs, which could climb into the thousands of dollars, Forest Warden David Jones said.
The total amount of burned area has been estimated at nearly 458 acres.

Firefighters control blaze

A fire that burned more than 400 acres at Hiwassee a week ago, rekindled Monday, but is not posing any new threat, according to Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson.
He said the hot weather combined with high winds Monday to cause some leaves and other debris within the fire containment line to re-ignite.
A large amount of smoke visible in the area made the fire appear to be larger than it actually was. However, Virginia Department of Forestry crews remained on-site this morning to make sure the fire stays within containment lines established a week earlier.
“It’s nowhere near what it looked like,” Hutchinson said of the rekindled blaze. “There was a lot of smoke, but not a lot of fire.”
He stressed that the rekindled fire has not escaped the containment area and is not posing any new threat. The area is being hosed down good in an effort to put out any hot spots that may remain.
Plans call for the forest service to pull out of the area at 8 p.m. tonight, but that is subject to change, the fire marshal said.
A North Carolina man who has a cabin in the Allisonia area has been charged with accidentally setting the fire. Authorities said he piled trash onto a fire pit that he was unaware still contained embers from a fire the night before.
Wiley L. Goad of Mt. Airy will have to pay suppression costs, which could climb into the thousands of dollars, Forest Warden David Jones said.
The total amount of burned area has been estimated at nearly 458 acres.