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Saturday fires bring out lots of personnel, equipment

King George escaped much of the damage that other localities experienced on Saturday, when gusting winds up to 55 miles per hour spawned fires across the state.

But that doesn’t mean that King George firefighters weren’t busy. The biggest incident, according to a report from Fire and Rescue Chief David Moody, came at 1:04 p.m. and happened at 8484 Dahlgren Road. A fire had started in a field and was spreading to the woods and crossing the road, which was closed for an extended period of time.

Basketball  games at the old middle school were stopped, and the building was evacuated because of the danger of fire and smoke. None of the homes and structures near the fire was damaged.

Mutual-aid units helped suppress the fire and provided fill-in crews at Co. 1. Personnel with the Virginia Department of Forestry were there also. Supervisor James Mullen’s excavating company provided a bulldozer to help with operations. Fire crews were on the scene for five hours to control the 10 acres of grass and trees that were ablaze. No one was injured.

The Dahlgren fire was one of three county fire calls on Saturday. The first happened at 10:06 a.m. at Windsor Drive, where a homeowner’s front yard was on fire, and the blaze was spreading quickly. Crews extinguished that fire.

The county had a third call for smoke in the area at 5:47 p.m. on Turkey Acres Road. Crews responded, but didn’t find anything.

The Sheriff’s Office also received numerous calls for trees across roadways and downed power lines throughout the county.

A report from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management  stated that there were emergency declarations in five counties on Saturday: Caroline, Fluvanna, Madison, Page and Prince Williams counties.

There were emergency operations centers open in Henrico, Stafford, Page and Prince William counties. Statewide, more than 100 wildfires burned  more than 1,000 acres on Saturday, according to the state report. The following power outages were reported:

  • 9,500 for Dominion Virginia Power, which included 4,900 in Northern Virginia and 2,200 in Richmond
  • 3,400 for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • 450 for Northern Virginia Electric

Homeowners are reminded that it’s against the law to burn before 4 p.m.  daily if the fire is in, or within, 300 feet of woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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