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Nation IN BRIEF : THE EAST : Dozens of Fires Continue to Burn

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ash settled on cars, joggers donned masks and visibility was reduced further as dozens of fires continued to burn in the East. A volunteer firefighter was killed in Kentucky, where hundreds of firefighters battled 21 blazes that covered about 2,500 acres. Nearly 400 fires have damaged 80,000 acres in West Virginia since Saturday, the Division of Forestry said. Many of the fires were believed to have been set. The sun appeared purplish-orange near Whitesville, W. Va., where forest rangers and firefighters battled a fire that had burned across 10,000 acres. In Tennessee, 300 firefighters worked on a 250-acre fire in Cocke County, and about 2,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest have burned in the last week.


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