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Jenkins Neck brush fire

Members of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., battled a brush fire Tuesday evening at Jenkins Neck in the Guinea area of Gloucester. According to AVFR spokesperson Robert Parlett, the dry, windy conditions drove the fire through the marsh and scrubby woods. He said approximately 15 acres burned and that no structures were threatened. Twenty-five firefighters responded to the scene along with two brush trucks, a tanker, pumper and EMS support. The National Weather Service, Wakefield, issued a special weather statement for Wednesday, citing an increased fire danger from late morning through the early evening hours. According to the NWS, this is due to dry and breezy conditions along with low humidity. Open burning throughout the Commonwealth is prohibited before 4 p.m. each day through April 30 to prevent wildfires. AVFRS photo ...

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