Cumberland Times-News

Police Log

May 4, 2014

05/05 - High winds fanning several fires

CUMBERLAND — Volunteer firefighters from Allegany, Mineral and Bedford counties were dispatched to various fires in the region late Sunday morning that were being worsened by winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour.

A fire in a barn in the 300 block of Pine Ridge Road in nearby Bedford County was being battled by numerous volunteer companies early Sunday afternoon. Ridgeley and Wiley Ford volunteer fire units responded to assist in the fire operation.

At the same time, a woods fire was challenging firefighters in the High Knob Road area of Old Fields in Hardy County, according to the Mineral County 911 center. Burlington volunteer firefighters responded to the area.

Allegany County 911 dispatchers were busy with the fire emergencies and various other calls when the emergency center was contacted by the Times-News. One of the calls involved a reportedly minor fire on a porch of a Barton residence. Piedmont volunteer firefighters also responded to the incident.

At about 2 p.m., Allegany County dispatchers alerted units to a brush fire in the 21st Bridge Road area of Rawlings. Two hours later, dispatchers remained busy with a series of medical emergency calls in addition to handling the communications for various fire responses.

Weather data at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport recorded wind gusting up to 30 miles per hour Sunday afternoon.

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