SHANNONDALE, W.Va. - Jefferson County firefighters nipped a forest fire in the bud Monday after it burned about 5 acres in a mountainous area off Mission Road.
Officials said the blaze could have spread and engulfed more than 100 acres.
A house with a woman and two children inside was threatened by the wildfire at one point, but firefighters snuffed out the blaze yards from the structure.
No one was injured.
Division of Forestry Patrol Worker Chip O'Roke said the fire swept through the V-shaped valley with Mission Road on one side and a steep ridge on the other.
O'Roke said quick work by firefighters contained the blaze.
"It could have been a lot worse," O'Roke said. "These guys here did one heck of a job putting a stop on it."