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EOC: Smell of Smoke is From Virginia Brush Fire

Harford County fire and EMS services received an increase in calls Saturday due to the smell.

The smell of smoke in the air around Harford County is due to a large fire burning in Virginia, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

The EOC put out a call through the county's Connect CTY system Saturday morning, with the following message, also sent out via email:

This is Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers, currently there is a 6,000 acre brush fire in Virginia that began on August 4th and it is only 10% contained. The smell of the smoke from that fire has began to reach Harford County with-in the last hour. Those people with known respiratory conditions should use caution regarding your outdoor exposure until the situation improves.

Fire and EMS services in Harford County have seen an increase in calls due to the smell of smoke.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency said the conditions should remain throughout the day.

According to the U.S. Forestry Service, the fire is the largest in the history of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The regrowth from a 2008 fire is fueling the current fire.

More information is available here.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency recommends residents should ensure any smoke is not from a local fire when reporting an emergency. Also, it recommends residents with respiratory conditions should use caution in regard to prolonged outdoor exposure.

Alisia Krastel August 14, 2011 at 04:15 AM
You can smell it in Middle River too.
Tom Fitzpatrick August 14, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Actually, it's not normal for air from that far east to come up here. Our prevailing winds come from the Southwest, and the weather in the Tidewater area normally blows out to sea. I was in Norfolk on Thursday, and you could still see the plume of smoke (greatly reduced) from the building I was in. The coastal weather pattern did come up the bay in the last couple of days, which is why we got the smell., Both the odor and the rain came with it.
Tamiko Mettee August 14, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I live in Bel Air and my mother-in-law does also. She received a phone call from the county telling her about the smoke and air quality. How do I register my phone number to receive such notices? Also, thank you for keeping the Patch so informative - really look forward to reading it every morning with my coffee!
Michelle L. August 15, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Follow this link to sign-up https://portal.blackboardconnectcty.com/welcome.aspx?eiid=1207B6088C3676A6697E
Tami Allen Hammond August 19, 2011 at 03:32 PM
If it get in your clothes, drapes, furniture, try this http://gonesmoke.com/big . It works amazing well

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