The 2011 President’s Day weekend will be remembered by many in western Montgomery County not for the Monday holiday or the predicted snowfall Monday night. Instead it was raging winds feeding wildfires that spread across 500 acres of land on Saturday the 19th.
With assistance from firefighters in neighboring jurisdictions, over 300 Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel worked through the day and into the evening to contain the blaze from spreading. Over 70 structures were directly threatened by the blaze and firefighters worked tirelessly to keep the fire from spreading to occupied structures. Eight firefighters sustained minor injuries, but there was no loss of life.
County Executive Ike Leggett viewed the damage with DFRS officials from a helicopter.
The photos show ground-level and aerial perspectives of the extensive nature of the fire and just how close a call it was for some residents.The aerial photo shows the Green Meadow - Colton Lane area and the ground level shot was taken in the Indian Grass Drive neighborhood. DFRS photos.
See more Germantown Brush Fire photos from February 19 and 20.