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Crews respond to rapidly spreading brush fire

Crews respond to rapidly spreading brush fire

The brush fire in the area of Iron Bridge and Rearicks Fording Road was reported around 5:10 p.m. Friday.

Flames fanned by blustery gusts and fed by desiccated foliage burned some 300 acres of southern Albemarle brush Thursday evening and into Friday morning, county fire and rescue officials said.

Burrell Assistant Chief Craig Davis said one of his department's firefighters was OK, but overexerted himself and had trouble breathing.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a special statement for Friday warning of low humidity, dry conditions and possible wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.




Crews were able to stop the progress and contain the flames around 8 p.m.

Wheeling firefighters are battling a large, two-alarm grass fire that has spread from the Fulton Area to North Park.

Several brush fires had been reported in Allegheny County, a dispatcher said. According to the Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the windy weather conditions and low humidity allowed the fire to spread rapidly. Crews are on scene, use caution in the area.

Outdoor burning is not recommended.


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