Nation IN BRIEF : THE SOUTHEAST : Wildfires Blacken Acres in 9 States

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Shifting winds produced mixed results in containing wildfires that have blackened at least 231,000 acres in West Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland as well as Ohio. Nearly 200,000 of the acres were consumed by more than 500 fires in West Virginia. Authorities suspect arson in most of the blazes and a Virginia man was arrested on an arson charge there. One death was reported. Four homes have been destroyed, two each in Kentucky and West Virginia. Scattered showers helped contain fires in Virginia and eastern Tennessee. A fire that covered several hundred acres burned out of control in western Maryland's Green Ridge State Forest.

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