NAUGATUCK, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Dry weather and a suspicious junk yard fire sparked a brush fire in Mingo County Sunday afternoon. Paul Porter says a heap of old tires and assorted other junk was on fire when he and his wife showed up at his late parents' property.

Wind sent the embers to nearby woods spreading fire across 50 acres. Porter and his wife Martha have been trying to clean up the mess since his folks died. They say vandals and thieves have been a problem at the site on Den Creek near Naugatuck.

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911 Dispatchers say that three different fire departments are battling a major brush fire.

It started sometime before 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The fire is burning in the Naugatuck area, near Tug Valley High School.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the U.S. Forestry Service has been called in to help battle the fire. Mingo County 911 officials have requested that they bring in a helicopter to drop water from the air.

E-Reporter Ron Finley provided these pictures of a helicopter making an air drop on the fire near Naugatuck, West Virginia.