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Brush Fires Keep Area Fire Departments Busy : 3.12.09

[ 0 ] March 12, 2009 |
Photos By Ken Harris : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Firefighters from several area departments battle a large brush fire near am Fog in Afton Wednesday afternoon.

Photos By Ken Harris : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Firefighters from several area departments battle a large brush fire near am Fog in Afton Wednesday afternoon.

Afton
Nelson County, Virginia

With extremely low humidity readings and strong gusty winds, area fire departments kept busy Wednesday. One of the larger fires broke out in the orchard above a.m Fog in Afton. A brush fire reignited from a burn pile that was over a week old, then gusty winds in excess of 30 miles per hour drove the fire up into the orchard above a.m. Fog. “These guys were fantastic! All of the agencies worked very hard to get the fire under control, and we are so appreciative of what they do. I can’t say enough good about them,” says Ken Harris, co-owner of the orchard, greenhouse, and farm market located on the Nelson-Albemarle County Line just off of Route 151.

Winds drove the sparks and flames way up into the trees.

Winds drove the sparks and flames way up into the trees.

A bulldozer from the VA Department of Forestry pushes burned debris at Wednesday's fire.

A bulldozer from the VA Department of Forestry pushes burned debris at Wednesday's fire.

A firefighter sprays foam on the smoldering fire.

A firefighter sprays foam on the smoldering fire.

Shortly after dark the fire was under control.

Shortly after dark the fire was under control.

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