Between noon and 2000 on March 20, 2024, career and volunteer units from Albemarle County responded to 19 brush fires across the county, three of which evolved into major incidents on March 21, 2024. At 1323 on March 20, 2024, crews were dispatched to Taylors Gap Road. This brush fire impacted approximately 250 acres. As of this writing, the fire was 50-percent contained. Two outbuildings were being considered total losses. No residential structures were impacted and an estimated 15 to 20 residential structures were successfully saved. At 1340 on March 20, crews were dispatched to Backberry Hill. This brush fire impacted approximately 20 acres. Crews successfully contained the fire at approximately 1937. The cause of this brush fire was determined to be an open-air burn violation, and the property owner was issued three summonses. At 1504 on March 20, crews were dispatched to Piney Mountain. This fire impacted approximately 180 acres. No residential structures were impacted. Crews successfully contained the fire at 0159 on March 21. ACFR requested statewide mutual aid from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Red Cross, Cumberland County, Amelia County, Pulaski County and Carrollton. At 1723, an evacuation alert was issued to addresses on Taylors Gap and the side roads. The evacuation order was lifted at approximately 2200 on March 20. In addition to these large brush fires, 49 fire rescue calls were received during the same time period. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors issued a Declaration of Local Emergency, on March 20, 2024, at approximately 1730, in response to the brush fires.

– Courtesy of ACFR