Brush Fire Torches 15 Acres During Wind Storm

These photos by neighbor Joe Drumheller offer a birds-eye view of the damage left by a brush fire that occurred during Friday’s wind storm.

Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale said the fire along Clarkes Gap Road was caused by a power line that was blown over by the extreme winds. The blaze quickly covered 15 acres, but crews successfully prevented damage to nearby structures.

The nor’easter that closed schools and left at least 18,000 Loudoun residents without power last week generated a top gust of 71 mph, measured at Dulles Airport, as reported by the National Weather Service.

That same day, a separate fire ignited when the winds blew the embers of a days-old fire that was thought to have already been put out.

These photos by neighbor Joe Drumheller offer a birds-eye view of the damage left by a brush fire that occurred during Friday’s wind storm.
These photos by neighbor Joe Drumheller offer a birds-eye view of the damage left by a brush fire that occurred during Friday’s wind storm.

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