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Friday, March 4, 2011

Wildfires remind us to be careful and thank volunteers

Florida battles 89 active wildfires
Ludie Bond, spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Forestry, said fire activity suddenly exploded over the weekend, and agencies statewide need help. Florida has become an inferno, with 89 active fires that had torched about 26,000 acres by Wednesday in most every county, including Alachua and Marion.

Red Cross response to wildfires extensive

Brush fire threatened families & homes in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach VA
Witnesses share their stories
Updated: Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011, 6:14 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 01 Mar 2011, 6:20 PM EST
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A raging brush fire put several families in Virginia Beach right on the brink of losing everything Monday. It swept across Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and came within feet of several homes off Muddy Creek Road.
"You know, it's just chaos," said Margaret Midgett who lives on a farm on Shipps Cabin Road and watched as the fire came closer and closer to her house and barn full of horses. "There's nothing you can do, nothing. It was flames as high as you could see."
The flames cut a black swathe of charred marshland, devouring about two square miles as the wind suddenly changed direction. Midgett said, "It was blowing that way and then all of a sudden it got cold like today, the wind shifted and it came this way and that was it and I said, 'O.K., we're in trouble now.'"

 Here is a bit of history from VA Smokey Bears old stomping grounds.

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