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UPDATE: 12 O’Clock Knob Road fire grows to 75 acres, now 80% contained

Tuesday Morning Update (11:15 a.m.)

The 12 O’Clock Knob brush fire in Roanoke County is now 75 acres and has reached 80% containment, according to the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department.

Authorities said the portion of the road close to the fire will remain closed to traffic until at least 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Keffer Road Fire has been fully contained, crews said.

Stay with 10 News as this breaking news story continues to develop.

Tuesday Morning Update (7 a.m.)

The 12 O’Clock Knob fire has grown to 72 acres and is now 60% contained, per the Virginia Department of Forestry website.

County leaders say they aren’t anticipating anyone needing to evacuate right now, but if they do, they’ll go door to door and distribute messages via local news, social media and Ro-Co alert.

A second fire in the Catawba area remains 14 acres and is nearing 100% containment, according to Brian Clingenpeel, the community outreach coordinator for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue.

Monday Night Update

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue posted Monday night that the fire off 12 O’Clock Knob Road has grown to 50 acres. The road will be closed through Tuesday as crews continue efforts to put out the fire. As of the most recent update, it is 0% contained.

The 10 News Weather Authority says that strong wind gusts and dry air will lead to a higher-than-usual threat for brush fires through at least Wednesday.

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Monday Afternoon Update

A car caught on fire earlier Monday and ignited a portion of a hillside at 12 O’Clock Knob Road near Salem, Va.

According to the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, three crews were dispatched at 12:57 p.m. to respond to the fire in the 3500 block of Twelve O’Clock Knob Road. The fully engulfed car ignited a hillside, and the size of the wildfire is estimated at 20 acres. There are no current injuries, and no houses are other structures are threatened.

The Virginia Department of Forestry is assisting with the fire. It is currently 10 percent contained. Crews are reporting that they are making good progress with getting a line around the fire. Backburning operations are in progress.

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Source: WSLS News 10

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