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August 13, 2011

Smoke from Virginia brush fire invades city

At this moment, nothing is burning in Baltimore. The smoke you're smelling is from down south, in Virginia, where brush fires have been buring since Aug. 4. Watch video here. Here is a statement from the Baltimore Fire Department:

Due to major swampland fires burning in Suffolk, Virginia consuming as much as 6,000 acres and producing heavy clouds of smoke that can be seen for miles has finally reached Baltimore City limits.

Northeasterly jet streams and continuous winds have blown remnants of smoke from these major fires to our region and have permeated many Baltimore communities. These active fires are currently isolated to the state of Virginia and do not presently pose a threat to the City of Baltimore.

Be advised that for those with respiratory illnesses affected by smoke fumes are encouraged to seek medical attention. For the safety of all others, please keep windows and doors closed, and use hvac systems accordingly.

Currently, there are no actively working fires in the City of Baltimore. We will continue to monitor the conditions and progress of these fires and will provide updates as they develop.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 11:45 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Crime elsewhere


I smell the fire on belair road and my sister smells smoke in east baltimore off north ave... WOW

Glad I saw this- there were at least 5 fire engines outside my house this morning and all I could smell was smoke. They were just checking the neighborhood for smoke detectors. (Election year stuff)

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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