Crews battle brush fires, some utility customers out

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A spokesman says crews contained more than
100 brush fires pushed by high winds across North Carolina and
utilities say power knocked out by gusts was being restored.
North Carolina forestry spokesman Brian Haines said Monday that
crews worked through the night to control fires. Haines said some
fires were caused when power lines were blown down and others by
careless trash burning.
Progress Energy said only 141 customers were without power in
North Carolina and South Carolina, down from a peak of 24,000. Duke
Energy said 5,525 customers in both states were without power and
the largest number was 3,460 in Forsyth County.


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