The brush fire burning near Speedwell in Wythe County had grown to about 500 acres by Friday morning. Fire crews reported about 15% containment.
The fire was discovered Tuesday night on National Forest land near Horse Heaven Mountain. More than 60 firefighters have been working to contain it. No structures are threatened, according to a spokesman for the U. S. Forest Service.
A community meeting is planned for Friday night. Forest Service officials will present updated information and take questions from the public. The meeting is 6:00 Friday night at Speedwell Elementary.
Because of a shift in the wind, smoke from the fire could be detected in the Roanoke Valley Friday morning.