Smoke from a Roanoke County tire fire is finding nearby residents outdoors and *indoors*.
We'll have a live report on the latest health concerns.
And we'll find out how much closer officials are to finding the cause of the blaze.
Tonight on the Big 7, NASCAR puts some big name hot heads in "time out".
We'll check in with the Avs and the Express and head to Tech spring ball for a chat with Grant Noel.
And the honors continue to roll in for Cave Spring's JJ Redick as he is named to the prestigious 40 man Parade All-America team.
Changes weatherwise include somewhat cooler temperatures and a chance of showers. Details just ahead.
News 7 at Six is next.
A brush and tire fire in Roanoke County grows to more than a thousand acres.
How it all started, and how long it will continue to burn, are still uncertain.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
Officials expect the brush and forest fire will be under control in a matter of days.
But battling the TIRE fire still appears to have many more questions unanswered.
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Teresa Hamilton is in Roanoke County near the fire with the latest information.
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(Rollcue: no one can say with certainty.)
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Teresa, I'm sure you noticed today as did I, the ash that landed on our notepads during the press conference.
That ash and some smoke are making their way to Roanoke County neighborhoods thanks to some easterly winds.
And though it's not hindering all outdoor activities -- some people have been forced to slow down.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Pence/Indoor Air Quality Specialist; :16]
[SUPER=01-Charlotte Engleby/Roanoke Co. Resident; :40]
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(( The health department is warning those with asthma or allergies -- especially children -- to avoid outdoor activities until the smoke clears.
But staying inside with closed windows can be just as dangerous.
That's where indoor air quality specialist Richard Pence comes in.
((RICHARD PENCE/INDOOR AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST: IF THEY LEAVE THEIR WINDOWS CLOSED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, THAT LEADS TO OTHER INDOOR AIR POLLUTION. THAT'S WHAT WE SPECIALIZE IN.))
Some can't afford to stay inside.
Landscapers continue to work despite the haze.
But homeowners are being a little more cautious while working outside their homes.
((CHARLOTTE ENGLEBY: LAST NIGHT WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WHEN THEY HAD THE BURN. THE DOOR WAS OPEN, BUT I HAVE ASHES INSIDE MY HOUSE ON THE WINDOW SEAL, SO IT'S JUST VERY SMOKY.))
Pet Owners are advised to keep a close eye on the health of their outdoor animals as well.
About 15 air quality monitors are in place in Roanoke County neighborhoods -- and so far no hazardous chemicals have been detected.
While health officials continue to run checks -- residents are taking outdoor activity one step at a time.
((MIKE BURKE: YOU CAN SMELL IT YEAH, IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.))
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Fire officials consider Roanoke County to be lucky... the fire is burning at such a high temperature that very little debris is escaping.
They aren't exactly hoping for rain -- because that, obviously would cool things down.
But they will continue to keep a close watch on the air quality.
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The owners of an Amherst County company say they're ready to help put out that fire.
They're just waiting for a call from county officials.
Pyrocool Technologies sells a chemical that.. when mixed with water.. extinguishes even the toughest fires in just minutes.
Pyrocool was used at Ground Zero when the World Trade towers collapsed.. it's also helped extinguish blazes around the world.
A company representative was called to the Roanoke County fire scene yesterday.. but for now county officials are letting the tire fire burn itself out.
A fire in Wythe County this afternoon has burned over one hundred acres of brush and timber.
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It started around noon, in the Stroupe (stroop) Mountain area south of Wytheville.
State and federal firefighters are trying to contain the fire as it moves along a ridge.
A helicopter is dropping buckets of water on the flames as well.
Officials don't know yet how it started.
So far, the fire has stayed away from the homes in the area and no one has been evacuated.
Fire heavily damaged a home in Danville this afternoon.
Officials say lint from a dryer started the fire on Holbrook Avenue around 12:30.
No one was hurt but firefighters say the home suffered extensive damage.
A spat over salamanders is headed to court.
Find out why when News 7 at Six returns.
And the lights could be back on at a Roanoke movie house as early as this summer.
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The historic Grandin Theatre could be showing movies again as early as this summer.
The Grandin Theatre Foundation today announced that it will buy the 1930's era landmark within the next month.
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((WARNER DALHOUSE/GRANDIN THEATRE FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN: SO, VERY SOON, WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE'LL ACTUALLY OWN THE REAL ESTATE AND CAN BEGIN TO REMODEL IT AND REFURBISH IT AND REWIRE IT AND GET IT READY FOR REOPENING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
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[OUT Q=reopening as soon as possible.]
The Foundation has raised close to 800-thousand dollars since the art deco movie-house was closed in November.
That's enough to pay the purchase price of 375-thousand, but the Foundation says it also needs to raise money to cover operating costs.
Along with being renovated, the theatre will outfitted with improved sound and projection equipment.
If fundraising efforts go as hoped, the Foundation plans to re-open the theatre in July.
A Southwest Roanoke church is coming down piece by piece.
Contractors started tearing brick off the face of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church Saturday.
The more than 50-year old building was condemned last week after a foundation wall broke, leaving the facade in danger of collapsing.
Because of the potential danger the city of Roanoke closed Campbell Avenue in front of the church between 8th and 9th Streets.
Contractors say their main concern is dismantling the portion of the church closest to high voltage power lines.
They're not sure how long the work will take.
Pastor George Taylor says his insurance company has denied his claim.
If you want to help the church find a new home, a fund for donations has been set up at First Union Bank.
Vandals hit the streets of Roanoke over the weekend, and now dozens of people are dealing with the damage.
Roanoke police say car windows in several neighborhoods around the city were shot out with a B-B gun.
In the Morningside area, there were numerous reports of paintball damage to vehicles.
Roanoke police don't know yet whether the B-B gun and paintball incidents are related.
Wall Street started the week sharply lower.
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The DOW dropped 146 points.
NASDAQ fell 39.
A certain type of salamander in the National Forest has assumed a new voice.
A pair of environmental watchdogs has teamed up and sued the U-S Forest Service for allegedly approving a timber sale without conducting an environmental impact study.
Appalachian Voices and Virginia Forest Watch are asking a federal judge to enjoin the government from conducting the sale.
They say an environmental ASSESSMENT was made but that it failed to consider the impact the tree harvest would have on the Peaks of Otter Salamander.
Hollins University has chosen a new president.
Nora Bell is currently President of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, she's a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg and points out her father's family was from Salem.
So she says coming here at age 60 is like returning to her roots.
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((NORA KIZER BELL/HOLLINS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; AND HOLLINS IS ONE OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS WHOSE REPUTATION IS WELL KNOWN NATIONALLY AND THE KIND An INSTITUTION THAT SOMEONE WHO'S AN ADVOCATE OF WOMEN'S COLLEGES WOULD TRULY LOVE TO LEAD.))
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Though Hollins is the oldest woman's college in Virginia, founded in 1842, Wesleyan College is the oldest college for women in the WORLD.
Hollins is a little larger than Wesleyan. It has about 100 more students, 25 more full-time professors, and Hollins is better than twice the physical size of Wesleyan.
Nora Kizer Bell begins a five-year contract as Hollins' President in July.
She replaces Janet Rasmussen who resigned last Spring after five years as President, citing philosophical differences with the board of directors.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, another big honor for JJ, NASCAR levies three fines on three big name drivers.
Grant Noel takes charge in spring practice at Tech.
And the Express is in the playoffs, the problem is the team just got outscored 9-to-1 in two games by what will be its first round opponent next week.
JJ Redick has yet another honor to add to his ever growing list of accomplishments tonight.
The Cave Spring senior
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has been named a PARADE all-American.
Redick, who earlier this year was named a McDonald's All-American, lands on PARADE's second team of 10 players.
You can check out the entire 40 member roster of all-Americans in this coming Sunday's PARADE magazine in your Sunday paper. Look for Sandra Bullock on the cover.
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Already this afternoon we've had a number of calls from folks planning their "Final Four" parties and wanting to know tip-off times for the national semi-finals.
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This Saturday night Oklahoma and Indiana tip-off the evening doubleheader at 6:07. The Maryland-Kansas game should start about 8:47.
Technically, you can plan on the second game tipping off 40 minutes after the end of the first game.
The only place to catch it is right here on WDBJ-7.
NASCAR's has been busy this afternoon fining some of the drivers who are prone to temper tantrums.
The Bristol Motor Speedway provided the backdrop for some outlandish behavior this weekend.
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For starters, Kevin Harvick, on the right, was fined $15 thousand dollars and placed on probation until August 28th for his run-in with Greg Biffle in Saturday's Busch series race.
His RCR teammate Robby Gordon was fined $10 thousand and placed on probation until August 28th, as well for his run-in with Dale Earnhardt, Junior at the end of yesterday's Cup race.
Dale Junior was fined just $5 thousand dollars and he was NOT placed on any kind of probation.
This was day number two of Tech's spring football practice.
As is always the case, the quarterback position is getting a lot of attention this spring.
Right now, four quarterbacks - Grant Noel, Bryan Randall, Chris Clifton and Will Hunt are currently taking snaps.
But by this time next week the Hokies will likely have asked at least two of those guys to play another position.
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Without a doubt, Grant Noel is the number one quarterback and it will take a lot of unseat him.
Noel understands better than anyone that it's his job to lose.
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The Roanoke Express opens the ECHL playoffs on the road April second and third against defending Northern Conference champions Trenton.
The Express has had a tough time against the Titans all season long and posts a 1-5 and 1 record against Trenton.
Perhaps no one knows just how solid the Titans are more that Roanoke right wing Rick Kowalsky. He played for Trenton a season ago.
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[OUT Q=....that experience is invaluable"]
Game three of that Express-Trenton series will be on Friday night April 5th, the same night the Avalanche plays its home opener.
The Avalanche roster could be solidified as early as this Wednesday or Thursday. The team, which is in Tucson Arizona for spring training, arrives in Salem a week from today.
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This years Avs will have some mighty big shoes to fill considering the 2001 team captured the Carolina League Championship. Keeping the phrase it's not how you start but how you finish as the organization's motto could be helpful this season.
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[OUT Q=.....success on the field"]