Maryland Brush Fires Continue to Smolder

By Derrick Ward and Carissa DiMargo
|  Monday, Feb 21, 2011  |  Updated 7:08 PM EDT
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Fire Damage in Maryland and Virginia

Derrick Ward reports on the damages caused when high winds spread brush fires in Maryland and Virginia over the weekend.
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Fire Crews in Maryland and Virginia are still very busy tonight, They're working to put out all the brush fires that popped up this weekend when it was very dry, and very windy.

There were fires everywhere from Laurel to Gaithersburg to Manassas. The smoke got so bad it actually forced officials to close Interstate 95 in a few spots.

Deep in the woods of Southern Prince George's County, around Clinton, Md., hot spots still smolder. Crews are working to extinguish them. Whatever the crews don't get to should be put out by the snow we're expecting now.

"We noticed the smoke early in the morning, Saturday morning around 11 or 11:30," said homeowner Juanita Colette. "But at the time, we didn't know where it was coming from.... We didn't know where it was coming from until someone came knocking at our door." The fire department had come knocking, telling the residents they had about half an hour to get out.

"My husband was up on the roof, watering everything down," said Colette. "He stayed as long as he could."

Fortunately, their home was spared. "We left and were able to come home about midnight," she said.


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