Matts Creek Wildfire Now 5,000+ Acres As Crews Continue to Fight Blaze


The Matts Creek wildfire ravaging the wilderness near Big Island continued its expansion, creating a burned area of 5,148 acres on Friday morning, forestry officials say.

Crews have been fighting the fire since it was first reported on Sunday night.

The fire has continued its massive spread in the days following, fueled by dry weather and windy conditions that have whipped smoke across Central Virginia.

In a Friday morning update, a U.S. Forest Service official said there is no update yet regarding the fire's containment.

On Thursday the fire was reported at 2% contained.

The billowing clouds of smoke forced the closures of many schools in the area, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a health alert once more on Friday for counties including Rockbridge, Bedford, Amherst and Nelson.

The U.S. Forest Service said there are around 200 firefighters working the wildfire, including eight fire crews and three helicopters.

Keep up-to-date on this developing story with our media partner, ABC 13 - WSET.

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