Downed power line ignites 'major' Armstrong County brush fire

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Flames fanned by blustery gusts and fed by desiccated foliage burned some 300 acres of southern Albemarle brush Thursday evening and into Friday morning, county fire and rescue officials said.

The fires were burning on a mountain and a mesa about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Grants and started Thursday, one because of an abandoned campfire and the other from an unknown cause.

The Beaver Fire Department said the fire broke out along Interstate-64 near the East Beckley exit.


It's just one of a series of wildfires in the state.

Both lanes of westbound I-40 are closed at Erick (mm 7), however, motorists traveling to Texas are advised to not travel any further than Elk City (mm 38) due to wild fires in Beckham, Harmon and Dewey counties.

High wind and severe drought are creating blowtorch conditions.


"These fires are going to continue to be quite explosive under these conditions, with that kind of wind pushing it, and all the dry fuels that are available", Finch-Walker told CNN. "We haven't seen these kinds of conditions in a decade", said Matt Lehenbauer, emergency management director for Woodward County.

According to Heaton local fire departments were already on site working to protect nearby structures as he also confirmed two structures were threatened by this brush fire.

State Highway 34 was closed at the US-60 junction at Vici south to Camargo because of fire conditions.


Wind gusts up to 52 miles per hour and relative humidity levels as low as 13 percent are forecast for portions of the state Friday. An additional fire is located southwest of Vici.

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