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Wind + Fire = A Tough Day for Stafford

This is a little late, but it’s rather incredible news nonetheless. The high winds on Saturday (and dry conditions this winter) led to a number of brush and forest fires whipping out of control in the region. The largest destroyed about 1,300 acres in Louisa County. See Emily Battle’s story for details.

Stafford County also faced some blazes, including one that burned four acres behind the Stafford Hospital and one on the Fauquier County line that burned 200 acres. Not something you usually think about in such an urbanized county, but something to be aware of when conditions are dangerous.

Here is the complete press release from the Fire and Rescue Department (Saturday, Feb 19).

“Stafford, VA – On February 19, 2011, Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to numerous incidents as a result of the high winds. The initial incident was a brush fire that occurred to the rear of Stafford Hospital Center consuming approximately four acres. Throughout the day units responded to approximately twenty other brush fires with the largest one occurring near the Stafford and Fauquier County line which consumed approximately two-hundred acres.  In addition to the brush fires units responded to four fires involving structures, and numerous trees and power lines down. At the writing of this press Fire and Rescue units had answered sixty-nine incidents.”