Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner (804) 674-2400 (24/7)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 19, 2011
Local and state officials respond to wildfires throughout Virginia
RICHMOND, VA — A local and state coordinated effort is under way to fight more than 100 wildfires burning in many areas of Virginia.
Firefighters in at least 50 localities have been battling outdoor fires for much of the day supported, in many cases, by neighboring communities. The Virginia Department of Forestry is working two significant fires in Rockingham and Warren counties. Also, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service are working fires in western Virginia.
Governor McDonnell has been receiving briefings throughout the day and is closely monitoring the situation along with agency heads and cabinet secretaries.
Fires have temporarily closed several roads in Virginia including Interstate 64 in New Kent County and I-95 ramps in Prince William County. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police have been handling traffic control and detours. Motorists are advised to avoid using Route 60. Routes 5, 10 and 460 are alternate routes.
Residents in some communities were evacuated when their homes were threatened. An estimated 100 residents in Louisa County have been evacuated and a temporary shelter is being opened there.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971