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Brush fires scorch 21 acres near Inwood

March 07, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

More than 20 acres burned in two brush fires in the Inwood, W.Va., area Wednesday afternoon and evening, a firefighter said.

The first fire broke out along Dominion Road, formerly Virginia Line Road, about four miles south of the intersection with W.Va. 51 in Gerrardstown, said Mason Butler, a firefighter with the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire spread over 15 acres, and fire fighters cut a fire break around it with a farm tractor to contain it, Butler said.

Firefighters battled the blaze using brush trucks, which are equipped to carry water, said Butler.

Firefighters from South Berkeley, Baker Heights, Back Creek Valley, Bedington, Clearbrook Va., Hedgesville, Martinsburg and Citizens Volunteer Fire Co. near Charles Town worked for more than three hours to extinguish the fire after it was reported about 5 p.m., said Butler.

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Butler said he was not sure who owned the property.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a brush fire started on the Bill Butler farm on Saw Mill Road, said Butler.

Firefighters battled the blaze using the same method after it spread over six acres, said Butler.

Despite the rain that fell in the area last weekend, fields and wooded areas have dried out as a drought continues, said Butler.

"It's dry as can be," said Butler, who reminded people that there is a ban on outdoor burning.

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