10 April 2012
U.S. Forest Service teams are busy trying to contain the flames in Botetourt, Craig and Alleghany counties.

The Roanoke Times

The radio crackled, breaking the silence of a lunchtime rest to send a small squad of firefighters back to work.

For eight members of the Augusta Hotshots, it meant packing up in a haze of gray smoke. They paused before their ascent, a steep and winding trek to the top of Potts Mountain.

They weren't alone. All along the mountain on Monday, about 35 U.S. Forest Service firefighters battled 1,000 acres of fire, said to have ignited over the weekend on Cove Mountain in Botetourt County and along Barbours Creek in Craig County. Fires have spread since to Alleghany County.

Read the rest of the story at The Roanoke Times.

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