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Numerous fires keep area crews busy

November 28, 1998

Two major mountain fires, a trailer fire and numerous small brush fires kept firefighters busy all day Saturday, fire and rescue officials said.

A trailer caught fire in the Happy Shores subdivision off Specks Run Road in Berkeley County W.Va., about noon, said the South Berkeley Fire Department.

The cause of the fire, which destroyed the trailer, was still under investigation Saturday, fire officials said.

At 12:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a mountain fire off Loop Road near Gerrardstown, W.Va., said Berkeley County Central Dispatch.

Firefighters from all over the Eastern Panhandle were called to help.

Firefighters were still on the scene late Saturday and further information was unavailable.

About 2:45 p.m., firefighters were called to a four-acre mountain fire off Hanging Rock Road in Washington County, said Clear Spring Fire Chief Curtis Cline.

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The fire, which was less than a mile from the site of a 30-acre forest fire earlier this month, was under control by 5:30 p.m., Cline said.

Its cause was undetermined, although it may have been started by a careless hunter, he said. Saturday was the first day of rifle season in Maryland.

"Hunters are worried about hunting, not fire safety. It's so dry you could knock two rocks together and spark a fire," he said.

Dry conditions have prompted open burning bans in most of the Tri-State area this month.

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