But not in time to help the barn that burned.
But it least the fire has been contained.
Could it be that somebody in Ivy didn't get the memo that
Saturday, February 19, was a "red flag day,"
a time of high winds and dry conditions that were prime time for
fanning a fire?
According to the chatter overhead in the Ragged Mountain Farm
neighborhood, somebody decided to burn some brush that day.
Whatever started it, the result was a destroyed barn, dozens of
ruined hay bales, and vast swaths of blackened fields and
Not to mention fear and loathing, as flames crept close to
occupied dwellings. And when this story was first posted, the fire
had jumped the ridge and begun moving southward toward the
Blandemar Farms subdivision.
"Fire burns slower downhill," said Albemarle Fire Chief Dan
Eggleston, who said units from Charlottesville, Augusta, and Nelson
counties joined the fight.
There were over 100 wildfires across Virginia that day,
including one that caused the evacuation of about 100 Louisa County
residents and the creation of a temporary shelter there, according
to a release from the Virginia Department of Emergency
There were no burned houses and no reports of property damage at
Ragged Mountain Farm, but atop the adjacent Rosemont subdivision a
burned barn was declared a total loss, Eggleston said.
County spokesperson Lee Catlin said in a release that the
ultimate measure of the burned terrain will be "several hundred
acres." Catlin indicat...