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Division of Forestry fights brush fire in Malden, WV

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MALDEN, WV -

UPDATE:

As of Saturday, Nov. 9, crews have reportedly contained the fire in Malden, WV.

Crews worked until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, trying to cut a fire line, to get the fire back under control.

Crews say they are hoping the fire will burn itself out before winds pick up again Saturday.

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UPDATE:

Bryan Hughes was on the mountain side this afternoon as the Division of Forestry was trying to fight the fire.  The wind was helping to fuel the fire this afternoon and bulldozers have been called in to help.

The gas pipeline near the area has not been ruptured but the flames continue around the area.
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UPDATE:

Officials with the WV Division of Forestry say they will be on scene of an active brush fire later this morning.

They will put the fire out before the wind picks up and temperatures heat up.

The brush fire was reported around 1:30 a.m.  Firefighters believe a burning gas line is to blame.

Metro 911 dispatchers say drivers have called 911 all morning, reporting fire and smoke coming from the hillside, which can be seen from I-77 and Kanawha City.

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Fire crews in Malden, WV are on the scene of a brush fire.  It was first reported just after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Fire Chief William Peterson said a gas line is burning on a hillside. He said crews first noticed a flicker in the area on Friday. He said the area surrounding the gas line dried up, causing a fire.

Chesapeake Energy, the company which owns the gas line, along with the Division of Natural Resources, has been notified of the situation.

Firefighters said there aren't any homes in the immediate area. However, there are several EMS and state radio towers near the fire.

Stay with wowktv.com for the latest on this developing story.