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Marine Base Firefighters: Largest Fire in 25 Years

More than 200 firefighters from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Fire Department and regional fire and rescue units responded to a wildfire that burned across training areas on the west side of base for more than 72 hours this week. The MCB Quantico Fire Department received the first notification of the fire April 8, 2013. Due to dry conditions and a steady wind, the fires that were initially isolated to a single training area, spread across areas and burned more than 3,400 acres -- the largest fire base firefighting officials have seen in 25 years. The firefighters employed back-burning techniques and bull-dozing of berms to control and contain the fire to Training Area 11. However, the fire crept into other training areas. Training Areas 8, 10, 13 and 14 were charred by the fire. At no time was private property at risk; the interior woodlands aboard the base that burned were not near the


Added: Apr-15-2013 Occurred On: Apr-15-2013
By: USMC5816
Regional News
Tags: USMC, Marine, Quantico, Fire
Location: Quantico, Virginia, United States (load item map)
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