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Fauquier firefighters pitch in against Quantico brush fire

Friday, Apr. 12 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Lois firefighters confer with some of the 200 fire and rescue personnel summoned to corral and extinguish a 3,400 acre brush fire at Marine Corps Base Quantico. - Photo courtesy of Cpl. Antwaun Jefferson
Fauquier firefighters joined a call for aid that brought more than 200 regional firefighters together to stop a 3,400-acre brush fire on Marine Corps Base Quantico.

According to Marine Capt. Paris Capers, the fire started Monday, but dry weather, steady wind and ample fuel spread the fire through several training areas.

"At no time was private property at risk," Capers said. "The interior woodlands aboard the base that burned were not near the base’s perimeter."

Firefighters from Catlett, Lois, Goldvein, Warrenton and career staffers from the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management joined the fray, helping to contain and ultimately extinguish the blaze - with some assistance from a Friday morning rain storm.

“We could not have gotten the fires under control as quickly as we did without the tremendous relationship we have our community partners through mutual aid," said Col. Barry Neulen, commander of the Security Battalion.
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