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Fires of the century
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By Roger BianchiniWarren County ReportOn March 1st Warren County Fire& Rescue Chie Richard Mabie andLt. Gerry Maiatico presented a sum-mary o the events surrounding thedepartment’s experience o the week-end o Feb. 18-0 as high winds ueleda breakout o wildres around War-ren County. Most prominently wasthe Browntown area re beginningFeb. 19th that eventually consumeda now estimated 000 acres in theShenandoah National Park. Otherres orced evacuations in mountainneighborhoods around Linden. TeBlue Mountain area re eventually consumed 3 acres, re ocials said.Maiatico described the scene he andother responders encountered on thecounty’s east side mountain neigh-borhoods as looking “like Armaged-don” as people ed the path o local-ized res with pets and possessionsin the areas around Linden Heights,including High op Road, Look-out Point, Clifside and McDonald’sFarm.Mabie credited the actions o residents in helping to alert theirneighbors to the pending emergency and local citizens and businesses inproviding ood to reghters over athree-day span o non-stop actionin the ace o a re event unlike any within this generation o local re-ghter’s experience.“It’s something I’ve never seen be-ore,” Chie Mabie told the county supervisors and staf during a March1st work session. “It is the largest op-eration I’ve ever worked on … withcompanies sent in rom as ar away as Arkansas – we’ve certainly neverseen anything like this and I hope wenever get this kind o day again … thewind and terrain beat us to death –and it [the Browntown/National Parkre] was aching to get over to thoseguys [ghting the Linden area res].”Mabie said park service ocialsdescribed the Browntown-NationalPark re as “one o the largest res”ever to hit the north side o Shenan-doah National Park and SkylineDrive.Even 11 days, including one snow and one heavy rain event later, Mabiereported that park service ocialswere saying the park re was stillconsidered as much as 0-percentactive, with hot spots aring up andrequiring continued attention.But perhaps remarkably, Mabienoted that there were no atalities
Fire ocials describe ‘Armageddon’-like scene, evacuation
Gale orce wind-driven Feb. 19 wildres were a historic & heroic day
What would become known as the “Smith Run re”
ended up consuming 2000 acres of Shenandoah Na-tional Park land on Warren County’s soutside - cour-tesy photo Sarah Hudson.In a photo provided to us by WC Fire & Rescue, the
re that destroyed this home at 60 Lookout Point Wayin Lidnen area rages before reghters even reachedthe re. This was the scene that greeted neighbor David Coe as he discovered the re, alerted 911 andbegan photographing. The owners were not home atthe time of re and the cause remains a matter of speculation, re ofcials say.
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