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Wind causes small fires, downed trees

Fredericksburg’s Fire Department has been responding to a number of small fires today amid the high winds.

The National Weather Service has put the region under a high wind advisory warning of gusts of up to 60 mph, and a “red flag” warning of “critical fire weather conditions” until 9 p.m. today.

So far, fire officials have been able to put out brush fires and Dumpster fires reported around town with little or no damage to property, according to Lt. Gregory Wrigglesworth with the Fredericksburg Police Department. A few downed trees have been reported in the city, as well.

I am preparing a roundup of wind-related reports from around our region for tomorrow’s paper. If you’d like to report a fire or other wind-related incident, please e-mail me at ebattle@freelancestar.com.

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  • Amy

    We have quite a bit of smoke in the woods in the White Oak area. Anyone know its origin?

  • Emily Battle

    All area fire services have been working a number of brush fires all day. I am still awaiting details, but I know Stafford F&R is currently working a large brush fire near the Fauquier County line. Spotsylvania was so slammed with calls right after lunch that they had to call in career fire personnel who were not scheduled to be on duty. So far I have not heard any reports of property damage due to these fires, but there have been quite a few of them.

  • Amy

    Thanks, Emily! A friend on Facebook said there’s a fire off of Rte. 17 and her neighborhood (England Run) is smoky, too.

  • Kelly

    Large parts of Louisa (cars, houses included) are on fire.

  • http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/19/national-christmas-tree-toppled-behind-the-white-house/?hpt=T2 Amos

    National Christmas tree snapped in half today.

  • http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/19/national-christmas-tree-toppled-behind-the-white-house/?hpt=T2 Amos
  • Spelling Correction

    It’s Wigglesworth*.

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