Fire crews battle brush fires throughout Central Va.

Posted at 12:10 AM, Mar 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-16 12:41:38-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Powerful flames and black smoke filled the air in Prince George County on Saturday afternoon.

"When we turned the corner it looked like the whole place was on fire," said Arlene Briggs.

Fire crews said a brush fire broke out around 2 p.m. on Pole Run Rd. in Prince George County Saturday. Officials said it spread around 10 to 15 acres.

"There was a homeowner who was burning some trash in his backyard. Because of the high winds, the fire got away from the home owner and into the wood line," Prince George County Director of Fire and EMS Brad Owens said.

There were around six brush fires that broke out throughout different parts of Central Virginia Saturday.

Another was in Henrico County, where crews said a fire stared outside behind a home.

"It was coming from the barrel," said one witness.

Officials said on a day with high winds and low humidity, keeping fires under control can sometimes be a challenge.

"The humidity gets down in the low twenties and in the teens as it has been the last several days. That's when we really see our fire behavior change dramatically," said Bat. Chief Cricket Gerald with Henrico Fire.

Crews said no one was injured in the brush fires in Henrico and Prince George County.