Editor’s Note: This story originally reported that the Division of Forestry was responsible for the burn, but the DOF has informed us that they were not the ones burning. They responded to the fire.
UPDATE (5:51 p.m. on Monday, April 10): Firefighters say the fire started as a controlled fire. They say park officials were burning a wood pile, but the wind pushed the fire up the mountain, spreading it to the forest.
At this time, firefighters are discouraging people from burning. According to fire officials, this time of year marks spring fire season.
“Mistakes happen. Sometimes people don’t think and unfortunately, this is the result … Unfortunately, if it gets out of hand, you can be held responsible for the cost of putting the fires out…Please don’t burn.”
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — Metro 911 says a controlled burn expanded to 20 acres after the flames jumped the fire line in Kanawha State Forest in West Virginia.
According to dispatchers, calls came in around 12:53 p.m. about a fire in an area of the forest that stretches “back behind Sam’s Club.”
Dispatchers say it is common for people to burn wide areas of vegetation. Workers typically dig a bare-dirt fire line that is supposed to prevent flames from spreading, according to dispatchers.
Loudendale and Davis Creek volunteer fire departments are on the scene with the Division of Forestry.
No one was injured, according to Metro 911.
A 13 News team is on the way to the scene.