Three years ago, a wildfire in Amherst County consumed more than 11,000 acres in the George Washington National Forest and on private land. Smoke could be seen from as far away as Lynchburg. More than 300 firefighters poured in to fight the blaze, which was extinguished with the help of substantial rain. Officials believe the blaze was human-caused.

A separate fire around the same time in the Eades Mountain area of Nelson County burned more than 1,600 acres before it was put out.

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