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Fires Under Control



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    After a tumultuous weekend for area fire fighters, the blazes that briefly raged in Virginia and Maryland are nearly all extinguished.

    One of the biggest fires was in Prince George's County, where over 1,000 acres burned, and 12 houses were damaged.  A few families are displaced tonight after wind-fanned flames lapped their houses.

    A mulch plant that was at the center of the largest blaze in the county continued to smolder through Sunday.

    Maryland officials said that they caught a lucky break with the recent construction of the Inter County Connector.  The road construction had cleared some brush, creating a fire break.

    Widespread Fires in Prince George's County

    [DC] Widespread Fires in Prince George's County
    The high winds caused brush fires around Prince George's County to spread rapidly, causing extensive damage.
    (Published Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011)

    In Virginia, emergency crews battled six major blazes in Prince William County.  Those fires ate up 300 acres of land.  Residents there were taken off-guard by the speed with which the fires spread.

    One house burned down in Occoquan region.  That house actually belonged to a fire fighter, who was on the job fighting fires in Prince George's County.

    By Sunday afternoon, Pepco had restored power to all the customers who had lost electricity Saturday.  The utility reported that 35,000 customers had experienced outages.

    Strong and Dangerous Winds

    [DC] Strong and Dangerous Winds
    Saturday's strong winds felled trees and spread wildfire in Montgomery County.
    (Published Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011)