APPALACHIA, Va. -- Firefighters plan to stay late tonight to fight a 50-acre forest fire near the town of Appalachia.

At least two full-time Virginia Department of Forestry firefighters are on scene, as well as several part time firefighters and volunteer fire departments, said Bill Miller, an assistant forester for the state agency. He said crews have been there since about 8 p.m., and are working to line up other firefighters to come in the morning and finish extinguishing the blaze or mop up hotspots.

"The guys are having a tough time containing it because of these high winds," Miller said.

He said he urges people to be very careful not to set fires this time of year, because warm temperatures and breezy days, like the past few, dry out the woods quickly. Fires have been reported in Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties this weekend, Miller said.

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