Heavy rain helps douse wildfire at Quantico base

A wildfire that burned for days at the Quantico Marine Base was extinguished Friday with the aid of one of the region’s heaviest rainstorms in months.

The blaze at the base was spotted Monday, and “due to dry conditions and a steady wind,” eventually burned more than 3,400 acres, according to a statement from Quantico. Smoke extended well beyond the base’s boundaries.

The chief of the base’s fire department credited the morning rain with helping to douse the fire, which was described as the largest at the 60,000-acre base in 25 years.

The 0.8 inches of rain measured at Reagan National Airport amid lightning and thunder was the most there since March 12 and the fifth most since October.

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