UPDATE: (1:20 a.m. Feb. 10, 2023) – Fire crews tell 13 News all brush fires in the Wayne County area have been contained.
UPDATE: (4:44 p.m. Feb. 9, 2023) – A portion of Route 152 is closed starting at Craig Road due to one of the brush fires in Wayne County.
The Wayne Fire Department is on scene and traffic is being detoured around the area where flames and smoke are visible.
This afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement regarding an increased fire danger. The NWS says strong, gusty winds Thursday afternoon have already spawned some brush fires around the area.
Because the gusty winds will continue this evening, the NWS says outdoor burning is discouraged.
WAYNE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Wayne County Emergency Management officials say multiple brush fires have been reported in the county and are causing power outages.
According to the Wayne County EMA, crews are currently working to extinguish brush fires in Wayne, Centerville, Lavalette and Dixon.
The Appalachian Power outage map is reporting approximately 621 customers in the area are currently without power. At this time EMA officials say they do not have an estimate for when power will be restored to customers.
This is a developing story and WOWK 13 News has a crew heading toward the area. We will update this article as more information becomes available.