Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched 1544 Monday 20 January 2014 to a reported brush fire adjacent to the Northgate neighborhood of Eagle Harbor in Carrollton, Va. Carrollton VFD units Brush-10 and Engine-10 responded immediately and arrived on scene to find a pine needle fueled ground fire covering approximately one acre and spreading rapidly from Herons Cove northward in the direction of Smiths Neck Road. Hand hose lines were deployed quickly into the woods over several hundred feet between both flanks of the fire enabling the firefighters to reach the head of the fire to control its advance and prevent further spread. Carrollton volunteer crews in unit Rescue-10 arrived to supply water and manpower and other Carrollton VFD volunteers arrived in POVs to assist. Firefighters then worked their way back south along both edges of the burned area to extinguish any remaining hot spots. Assistance was requested from Smithfield Volunteer Fire Dept. and SVFD unit Brush-50 arrived to deploy in the open field east of the fire to prevent spread in that direction. Virginia Dept. of Forestry Technician Unit-1 responded from Chuckatuck to assist in case more brush firefighting assets might be needed. Firefighters employed forestry rakes to dig into the centuries old layers of compacted peat to use water cans and hand lines to completely extinguish any remaining embers. Local residents responded quickly to a request for additional bottled water to refresh the working firefighters. All Carrollton units were cleared from the scene by 1727 and returned to Station-10 to thoroughly clean the many yards of soot-blackened hoses hauled through the woods to douse the fire. All apparatus and crews were reported available for further service by 1800.

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