MENDOTA, Va. — A forest fire in Mendota had burned 10 acres as of Sunday evening but was contained, according to Randy Fleming with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Washington County Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman said extensive smoke from the fire will be present for several days. A firebreak, or perimeter, was built around the fire Saturday to contain it and crews are staying on the scene to keep it under control. The fire began off of Pinnacle Road in Mendota, Virginia Saturday night. It was reported at 10:45 p.m. The Goodson Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department and Brumley Gap Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.

“It’s not a huge fire by any means,” Newman told the Bristol Herald Courier Sunday. “They’ve got a firebreak around the fire so they feel like that way if the wind doesn’t get up... it should burn itself out within that perimeter.”

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. There have been no injuries or damage to homes and businesses.

A second fire in Wise County that began on Wednesday had burned 1,700 acres on Pine Mountain south of Jenkins, Kentucky and north of Pound, Virginia as of noon Sunday, according to a written statement from the U.S. Forest Service. At that time, the fire was 25 percent contained.

Control efforts are focused on protecting homes on South Mountain Road and White Oak Creek Road north of Pound, Virginia and the communities of Jenkins and Burdine in Kentucky. No injuries or structural damage have been reported.

There is a temporary restriction of open fires on the Clinch Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The Pine Mountain Trail and all connecting trails are temporarily closed between U.S. Highway 23 and Osborn Gap. Smoke may impair visibility when driving along Highway 23 near Pine Mountain.

A burn ban is in effect for Dickenson and Wise counties and at Breaks Interstate Park.

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