Regional Recap, February 21, 1011

| February 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

High Winds, Fires Sweep Across Maryland.  From brush fires to downed trees and power outages, Mother Nature unleashed her fury across central Maryland Saturday. Anne Arundel County firefighters were still contending with a brush fire Sunday that has charred 300 acres since Saturday. The damage extends to barns, trailers and vehicles, according to officials, and high winds were blamed for most of it.Billowing clouds from a brush fire in Laurel blocked the horizon and slowed traffic on Interstate 95 to a crawl. High winds shut down a pumping station, leaving more than 40,000 customers across central Maryland without power. Power was restored at all of the pumping stations Sunday, and officials predicted that people would have full usage of their water by 6 a.m. View photos from Eye On Annapolis here.

Mulch Plant Fire Disrupts I-95 In Laurel.  Strong wind gusts fueled several fires across Maryland all day Saturday.Prince George’s County fire officials said officials closed Interstate 95 at Maryland Route 198 in Laurel at about 2:30 p.m. because of fire at a mulch plant, where piles of mulch have been burning out of control for hours.

Elkridge House Fire Traps 10.  Ten people were trapped inside a house fire in Howard County on Friday, according to fire and rescue officials.Firefighters responded to the 6300 block of Loudon Avenue in Elkridge at about 11:52 p.m. Friday after a neighbor called and said a house was on fire with people trapped inside.At the time of the fire, nine adults and one infant were inside the single family house. Two men jumped to safety from the second floor as high winds helped flames engulf the house, officials said.

Maryland RV Show Kicked Off This Weekend. The Maryland RV Show starts this weekend at the Timonium Fairgrounds.Show promoter Rich Kohles said more than 100 models from dozens of dealers will pack the Cow Palace at the fairgrounds.Special discounts are being offered at the show, along with financing information. Consumers can also find out how to rent something to fit their vacation needs.In the last few years, Kohles said, toy haulers have become popular, and he said finding a place to go with a new RV isn’t hard.The show runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show will also continue at the same times next weekend.

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