Fire Crews in Laurel and Clay County were Busy over the Christmas Holiday

Two fires kept area crews busy over the Christmas holiday. East Bernstadt Fire and Rescue were called out to a brush fire in Cromer Ridge. They say several acres of woods were on fire, and due to rough terrain, more help was needed to put out the fire. Officials said the fire was eventually extinguished, but federal forest service officials were notified and will monitor the area. In Clay County, firefighters from the Manchester Fire Department were called out to a location along Paces Creek Road to extinguish a pile of railroad ties that was on fire. About 60 to 80 railroad ties were on fire with hundreds of others nearby. Officials put out the fire, then made contact with CSX to notify them of the incident. The cause is still under investigation.