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Madison County fire 20 percent contained; should be fully contained soon

Crystal Graham
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Firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry and partner departments continue containment efforts on the now 390-acre Quaker Run Fire that began Tuesday in Madison County near Syria.

The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

No homes or structures have been damaged by the fire, and there are no evacuation orders in place at this time.

Smoke produced by the fire is visible from several counties and may negatively affect the air quality in nearby areas.

Progress has been difficult due to the steep terrain, but crews strive to complete a 650-acre “containment line” surrounding the fire.

Once the fire reaches the confines of the containment line, its access to fuel will be cut off, limiting further progression. The fire, and the developing containment line, are on private land.

“This fire will quickly run out of fuel when it reaches the fire lines crews are creating that will prevent its progress past the 650-acre containment area,” said DOF Chief of Fire and Emergency Response John Miller. “As long as weather conditions don’t shift, we anticipate this fire will be fully contained within the next few days.”

Regular updates will be posted on the fiRESPONSE website.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.