Brush fires blaze amid red flag warning

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BUCKHANNON — Fire departments across Upshur County were alerted to three brush fires within minutes of one another on Thursday. The first fire was near the Route 20 and Sago Road intersection, the second along the Old Elkins Road about a mile past Union Elementary School, and the third on Cow Run Road in southern Upshur County. Pictured above, BFD firefighter Tanner Smith with the Buckhannon Fire Department works to extinguish smoldering trees on the Old Elkins Road. Much of West Virginia — including Upshur County ­­­— was under a red flag warning Thursday. “A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly,” according to the National Weather Service warning message. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.” Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour were expected.

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