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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 02/19/2011

Pr. George's firefighters called in

By The Associated Press

All Prince George’s County firefighters are being called to duty as a result of numerous wind-driven brush fires in the county.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says firefighters are being asked to contact their supervisors for instructions on where to report.

Among the worst of the fires is a blaze at an industrial mulch plant in Laurel.

Brady says several piles of mulch are on fire, and the flames are spreading from pile to pile because of strong winds.

Brady estimates there are about 100 piles of mulch at the site on Van Dusen Road, and each is about 30 feet tall and 100 yards long.

There haven’t been any injuries, but some pieces of fire equipment have been abandoned because they’re in unsafe positions.

mulch fire

A three-alarm fire at a mulch plant in Laurel closed I-95. (Sarah L. Voisin/Post)


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By The Associated Press  | February 19, 2011; 1:34 PM ET
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Comments

The entire area is shrouded in thick smoke with the sun barely visible at times!

Posted by: pickles2 | February 19, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The residential area near the industrial mulch area in Laurel is shrouded in thick smoke, with the sun barely visible at times.

Posted by: pickles2 | February 19, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

" pieces of fire equipment have been abandoned because they’re in unsafe positions."

Don't they tend to be rather expensive?

Posted by: vmax02rider | February 19, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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