MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A brush fire in a remote area of western Berkeley County rekindled Monday after burning about two acres Saturday evening, according to Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department chief Jay Walling.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry was investigating the blaze, Walling said. The fire burned about another acre or so Monday when piles of brush in the Avalon subdivision off Haymaker Road ignited again about 3:30 p.m., Walling said.
Firefighters initially responded about 8 p.m. Saturday and didn't leave the scene until about 1 a.m. Sunday, Walling said. Firefighters from Berkeley County's other volunteer companies stationed in Bedington, Baker Heights, Inwood (South Berkeley) and Hedgesville, W.Va., and the Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management also responded to the blaze.
Walling believes the fire began as a controlled burn, but then was left unattended. A lack of available water forced crews to shuttle it to the rural area near Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area and Walling said foam also was used to put out the fire.