Area brush fires rage in high winds

Area fire companies have tackled several brush fires in the last week as temperatures rose and winds settled in the region. On Monday, April 3, a brush fire on Timber Ridge in southern Morgan County drew fire units to the area.

On Saturday, fire companies fought a two-acre brush fire that occurred in southern Morgan County as high winds settled into the region.

Units from Morgan County volunteer fire companies also responded as mutual aid for brush fires in other counties.

The fire call for Sol Anna Lane came in at 4:48 p.m. on Saturday, April 1,  said Sarah Hogbin, Morgan County 911 Dispatch Center training supervisor.  The call came in as power lines down.  There were no structures involved or endangered by the fire.  The brush fire was located between two residences, she said.

The first unit was on the scene at 5:13 p.m., Hogbin said.  Units that responded were South Morgan, Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville, Back Creek,  Needmore, Gore, Gainesboro, Bedington and Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire Companies.  Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company units filled in at fire stations.

Units from Berkeley Springs and Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Companies and Morgan County Emergency Medical Services gave mutual aid to Washington County for a Saturday brush fire on Pearre Road on the Maryland side of the Potomac.

Paw Paw Volunteer responded as mutual aid to Allegany County for a brush fire along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company also responded to an outdoor smoke investigation on Ridersville Road on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, units from all Morgan County volunteer fire companies and emergency medical services responded to a structure fire on Limestone Pond Lane in Great Cacapon last Wednesday along with other units from Washington, Allegany, Fulton, Mineral and Berkeley Counties.

Online fire reports indicated a caller advised that they were burning brush and it caught the garage on fire.  Their two-story home became completely engulfed by flames from the brush fire and the fire threatened another home. There was also a later rekindle of the fire on Limestone Pond Lane.

Brush fire on Sol Anna Lane on Saturday.
photo by Zachary Sipe.