Rain Helps Avert More Fires
Posted March 20, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
DURHAM — Firefighters in Durham County were glad to see Sunday's heavy rains. They had been keeping busy battling blaze after blaze.
The latest fire broke out Saturday along a wooded area of Guess Road.
The fire burned through almost 10 acres.
Firefighters used bulldozers to build a fireline that stopped the flames just a few hundred feet from a nearby house.
They say carelessness may have sparked this blaze.
One report had it that some people smoking cigarettes had led to the fire.
Firefighters say a burning cigarette combined with extremely dry brush could be a disaster waiting to happen.
Given Sunday morning's thunderstorms and heavy rains over much of the state, fires are much more unlikely to break out.