ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (November 15, 2013) – Roanoke County fire crews have been dispatched to a significant number of calls for “smoke reports.” Residents in the areas of southwest Roanoke County including Bent Mountain, Back Creek, Cave Spring and even Vinton have reported a haze of smoke and heavy smoke smell in the area. Fire crews have been out in these areas looking for a fire source, but have not been able to locate anything.
Officials believe the haze to be from the Wythe County fire that has been burning since Tuesday night and has grown to more than 500 acres. Because of the wind direction, the smoke is coming this way and may get worse until the wind shifts. The Wythe County fire may not be extinguished until well into the weekend.