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Large brush fire burns hillside in eastern Kanawha County

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The call came in around 5 p.m. Monday.

Crews were called out to battle the flames of a brush fire covering a hillside in eastern Kanawha County. 

Brenda Marcum of Belle said, "You can smell it for so many miles down the road.  You can also smell it from the opposite side of the river over there, and even see it from the Turnpike."

No one was hurt, and crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to any homes or businesses in the Belle area, but this is just another reminder that Fall forest fire season is in full effect.

This brush fire burning in the Witcher Creek area of Belle is just one of many that has been reported throughout our region. 

Kelly Carroll lives nearby.  She says fires like these make it harder for hunters to make it outdoors.  "I guess there's going to be less guys in the woods, for now anyway," said Carroll. 

Marcum's family lives just around the corner from where this fire started.  She says they couldn't hunt in their usual spots on this day.  

Carroll says these fires could cause much more damage.

"Homes or whatever property you own could be destroyed and animal life also.  I'm a big animal advocate and it just hurts our wildlife," said Carroll.  


West Virginia's fall forest fire season started Oct. 1, and runs through Dec. 31. 

During this time of the year daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.