Ashe County Fire investigators are probing the cause of morning fire in the Crumpler area, a blaze battled by a number of Ashe Fire departments.  The  call came in at about 7:45 this morning to 5885 Old NC 16 North, with New River and other departments soon on the scene.  Within minutes of their arrival, fire units were calling for the Ashe Fire Marshal, and Bob Davis was dispatched to the scene.  At about 8:15, the fire was declared under control, but the cause and other circumstances surrounding the call were still being determined.
There were fires to fight in the dry, warm weather we had yesterday, one woods and grass fire also burning a building.  That was a Creston area fire in the early afternoon, the call to Little Laurel Road in Creston, with the NC Forest Service, Warrensville, Pond Mountain and other departments called to the scene.  At first, the building was not involved, but as the fire spread, it was damaged by the fire and caused a good bit of the firefighting effort to center there.  Meanwhile, Avery firefighters from Frank, Crossnore, Green Valley and the Forest Service battled a woods and grass fire in the Powder Mill area, again fueled by dry condition and a breezy afternoon.