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Further Information Regarding the Ragged Mountain Fire

On Saturday, February 19, 2011, Albemarle County experienced several brush fires that were dramatically intensified by weather conditions that included very high winds and low humidity.  The most significant fire occurred at 2:11 pm near 585 Ragged Mountain Drive, in the Ivy area, burning approximately 800 acres in the Ragged Mountain Farm, Rosemont Taylors Gap, and Blandemar neighborhoods. 

Approximately 41 homes were threatened during the rapidly moving fire that was brought under control Sunday afternoon.  Fire suppression and overhaul efforts continued throughout the weekend, involving approximately 100 firefighters from Albemarle, Nelson and Augusta Counties in coordination with the Virginia Department of Forestry.  These efforts utilized 36 pieces of fire apparatus, including brush trucks, engines, tankers and support vehicles.   Fire breaks created by the Department of Forestry dozers from Albemarle and Nelson Counties were critical in controlling the fire. 

Despite the severe conditions and rapid initial spread of the fire, actual building losses were limited to one detached garage and its contents, which included a boat, camper, and other personal property.   No serious injuries were reported.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the County Fire Marshal. 

In addition to numerous small brush fires, two other large brush fires also occurred on Saturday, in Albemarle County; one in Esmont area and the other off Brown’s Gap Turnpike near White Hall.    No significant property losses or injuries were reported in either incident. 

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