Firefighters in Nelson County Fighting Wildfire

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Firefighters in Nelson County are busy. As of Thursday More than 1,600 acres of forest have burned in a major wildfire just before the holiday weekend.

The fire is 75 percent contained at this point. 

On Wednesday you could easily see the smoke driving south on Route 29. 

Now the Virginia Department of Forestry has 40 firefighters working around the clock to contain the blaze.

The Eades Hollow Fire is making people in Nelson County pretty nervous.

“Some people are scared, they don't know if they're going to be able to control it,” said Ruby Wood, a neighbor.

But firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry are working to make sure that doesn't happen.

On day three of the fire, senior area forester Patrick Murphy took NBC29 up to the front line.

The firefighters are digging a dozer line to contain the fire's spread, The flames are small, but extremely hot, and moving fast. They finished the entire containment line on Wednesday.

“It's been used to help extinguish the wildfire by reducing the amount of fuel that is present on the ground,” said Patrick Murphy, of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Once the fire runs out of fuel firefighters hope it'll put itself out.

At this point, there are no homes or businesses in the path of the fire, but the department of forestry still says you should clear firewood and dry leaves away from your house just to be safe.

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