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UPDATE: Cause of brush fires in Boone County, WV ruled arson

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CHARLESTON, WV - UPDATE:

Division of Forestry in Boone County, WV confirms they are on scene of a brush fire in Bandytown, WV. This is the same area where fire officials say a brush fire broke out earlier in the week. 

And on Saturday, April 19, Division of Forestry official in Boone County say they responded to three different brush fires in the Williams Mountain area.  There were two small fires and one larger fire. The fires burned 100 acres in total. Fire officials add the cause of all of these fire appears to be Arson 

Division of Forestry officials in Boone County add that the Bandytown, WV fire burning today and the one that burned last week also appear to be the result of arson. 

Officials with Division of Forestry in Boone say they have a suspect(s) in mind and arrest is forthcoming.

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UPDATE:
According to Anthony Evans, Fire Forester with the WV Division of Forestry, he is on the scene of a brush fire in the area of Jerell's Branch, on Route 85 in Bim.

Evans said that the cause or the amount of acreage burned is not yet known, however, Evans said that throughout this spring, there have been over 200 brush fires throughout the region, with at least 4,000 acres that have burned, due to various causes, including humidity, coal seams, and arson.  Evans also said that there are at least two other brush fires in various parts of Boone County, but the fires are burning at the control lines.  

According to Kanawha County 911 dispatchers, there was a brush fire on a hillside in the area of Oakwood Road and Route 119 that had been going on throughout Saturday evening.  The cause or amount of acreage burned in this fire is also not yet known.  The Charleston Fire Department responded to the scene.

The Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of a small brush fire in the area of the 2700 block of Martin's Branch Road in Sissonville shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Also in Gallia County, OH, there were at least six brush fires reported in various parts of the county, including one that occurred in the area of Oil Hollow Road at Addison Township at around 9:30 p.m.  The Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department responded to this fire.

No injuries have been reported in any of these fires.
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ORIGINAL:

The West Virginia Division of Forestry are on the scene of a brush fire, which is a series of brush fires that have occurred on Williams Mountain in Boone County, WV since Thursday, April 17.

According to dispatchers, this one was reported at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the area of Prenter Road on Williams Mountain.

According to Fire Chief Gary Howell of the Van Volunteer Fire Department, who has been responding to these fires since Thursday along with the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire Department, there have been no injuries or road closures, and the fires have not reached any houses or structures.

However, Howell says that the WV Division of Forestry are cutting fire lines to ensure that the fires do not reach any houses.

The cause of these fires or the amount of acreage that has burned is not yet known.

The WV Division of Forestry is investigating.