February 14, 2011
A Red Flag Warning was in effect all day Monday across Central Virginia. According to the National Weather Service, conditions were prime for the rapid spread of wildfires.
Due to the combination of dry brush, high winds and low humidity, a small spark could quickly grow into a raging wildfire. That was the case Monday morning when a small brush fire broke out off Irish Road in Scottsville. The flames were quickly contained by fire crews.
Other minor brush fires were reported in Charlottesville on Wine Cellar Court, Preston Avenue and near the Hardee's on 5th Street.
The strong winds also downed several trees in the Charlottesville area and even caused sound proofing panels on the Charlottesville Pavilion to shake loose. The equipment was used to improve sound quality inside the venue and also keep sound from escaping the space. Despite the damage, managers say they'll have everything fixed and ready for the first show of the spring season in April.
The Virginia Department of Forestry is urging citizens not to conduct open burns because of the real threat of wildfires.
"It's way too windy right now to burn. Wind can kick up with a gust and escape from you and potentially cause a lot of damage to property," said Gregg O'Donnell.
The original Red Flag Warning expired at 9pm Monday night.