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Dry, windy conditions feed brush fires

Posted September 21, 2010

— Firefighters in three Triangle counties battled brush fires Tuesday.

In southern Durham County, a fire charred 15 acres near the intersection of Scott King and Herndon roads. At one point, flames were 30 feet high, witnesses said.

About 35 firefighters from three fire departments battled the fire for about three hours before bringing it under control at about 4 p.m. Plows from the state Division of Forest Resources also helped contain the fire, officials said.

Mark Holland, division chief for the Parkwood Fire Department, said firefighters were initially worried the fire would jump a road and endanger nearby homes. So, the department called in aid from the Durham and Morrisville fire departments.

The wind changed direction Tuesday afternoon, so the homes were no longer in danger.

Dry, windy conditions feed brush fires Dry, windy conditions feed brush fires

The fire was the second of the day for Morrisville firefighters. On Tuesday morning, they fought a five-acre blaze near the intersection of Kit Creek Road and Davis Drive. At one time, the flames were 10 feet high.

Firefighters contained the fire by 1:45 p.m.

Early Tuesday morning, a brush fire in Johnston County rekindled after firefighters doused it Monday. Crews brought in a plow and expanded the fire line off Daughtry Road near Smithfield.

There was no word on the cause of any of the fires.


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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    if they would outlaw smoking all together we wouldn't have these problems!

  • bigredtruckman Sep 22, 2010

    I saw a relatively small brush fire along the Durham Freeway last night close to downtown. The Durham FD was on top of it and when I passed by later, the fire was out. It is highly probable that this was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette thrown from a passing car.

    If you're going to smoke while driving, keep it in your car!

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 22, 2010

    no, non-thinking, clueless smokers fuel brush fires!

    don't get your feelings hurt, that's how they operate. their radar apparently covers 8 states so when it rains in KY it counts as them getting the forecast correct!

  • tarheelsfan0806 Sep 22, 2010

    There are other counties in the viewing area other than Durham, Wake & Johnston. I guess WRAL keeps forgetting about Granville & Franklin. Yesterday alone, there were at least 2 brush fire calls, both for the same fire station. Just like when lightning caught a log house on fire a little while back in Franklin/Granville county - never heard a word about that on the news. Firefighters from at least 5 departments worked that fire in the pouring rain from 11pm to 6am. And most recently, the shooting in Franklinton and the suspect was still on the run. Had that had happened in Wake co., Durham, Fayetteville, or any where like that, it would have been all over the news yesterday. However, it got about a 15 second slot once on the 5:00 & once on the 6:00 news last night. Just wished the news would start including other counties other than Wake, Durham, & Johnston counties & Fayetteville.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 21, 2010

    I said it yesterday, we're going to become like the west coast and have fires burning up entire areas. Too many years of drought and not taking it seriously on anyone's part. Start clearing brush people.