Saturday, March 23, fire crews were dispatched to two separate fires in the Matoaca area, a total of twenty-four acres burned. At 3:21 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 12900 block of Bundle Road for a brush fire. The fire had been caused by hot embers from a bon fire earlier in the night, which the owners thought they had extinguished, said Battalion Chief Mark Nugent of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. Four fire engines, a tanker (carries water), three brush trucks, twenty-one fire fighting personnel and a forestry dozer and forestry personnel battled the blaze. A total of eight acres burned.
Sixteen acre fire
While a blaze was keeping crews busy on Bundle Road, at 3:49 p.m. on March 23, a call came in reporting a second fire, which was located in the 16500 block of River Road. Three fire engines, a tanker and three brush trucks from Chesterfield Fire and EMS along with a tanker from Amelia and a tanker from Dinwiddie fought the fire. Forestry personnel and a forestry dozer assisted with the operation. A total of sixteen acres burned. The fire was caused by a controlled burn by citizens which got away and into the nearby woods, explained Nugent. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged in either fire, officials said.