Courthouse Road and the Rt. 288 area looked a scene from a movie on April 10 when brush fires went wild in high winds and engulfed the area. Smoke billowed up into the sky and filled the area like a thick cloud but at ground level. Motorists were stranded for awhile on Rt. 288 while fire crews battled the blaze. Police later closed Courthouse road and Rt. 288 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. It all began around 1 p.m., when a call came into emergency communications reporting a brush fire in the 8400 block of Courthouse Road.
Homes, businesses and Camp Thunderbird were nearby. Firefighters set up fire engines and crews in the resident’s yards to protect them from the fire. After a long battle, the fire was declared under control at 7:30 p.m. Units that responded to the fire included, four battalion chiefs, five brush trucks, fifteen fire engines, three tankers for water supply, a special foam truck from the Airport Fire Station, two fire marshals, a tactical safety officer and multiple police units from the county and from Virginia State Police. A police helicopter made water drops and Forestry used a bull dozer to cut fire breaks. The fire department spokesman was also on scene.
Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said crews remained on scene overnight to monitor for flare-ups of fire, but were rotated every two hours. For two days after the blaze, embers kept flaring up and crews extinguished them again. The fire cause is under investigation but Elmore says it was likely from discarded smoking materials or a spark from a vehicle. On April 10, crews responded to seven brush fires in the county, Elmore said.