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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wildfires continue, threat decreases BUT WAIT

Investigators seek leads in Blackwater brush fires
Virginia Beach fire investigators are asking for help solving a series of 15 brush fires started along Blackwater Road Tuesday evening. They did not cause any injuries or major property damage, but left blackened patches along the road and could have easily spread to nearby houses, investigators said. (Virginia Beach Fire Department)

As winds decline, so does the threat of fires across Virginia; 'A huge difference' eases pressure on firefighters as the official fire season begins in the state ...... BUT WAIT increased fire danger returns Friday/Saturday

Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)
February 16, 2011

The winds eased Tuesday across Virginia, and so did the pressure on firefighters.
"There's a huge difference between today and [Monday]," said Virginia Department of Forestry spokesman John Campbell.
In Henrico County, investigators were pulling together statistics and damage estimates from at least 12 fires, including one Monday off New Market Road on Jockey Court that burned a two-story, $184,100 home to the ground.

Fires reignited overnight in that area and forced a continued presence during the day Tuesday, according to Henrico fire spokesman Will Shumate. No new damage was reported. At least 13 people were without homes in Henrico. In Chesterfield County, a 36-acre brush fire off River Road on Tuesday severely damaged a hunt-club building and damaged all-terrain vehicles there, according to a fire department spokesman.

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