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Route 50 ramp onto I-97 in Arundel reopened after brush fires

A brush fire forced the closure of the ramp from Route 50 onto northbound Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County on Monday afternoon, as firefighters worked to control the blaze.

The roadside fire was under control as of 4:20 p.m., and the ramp reopened around 5 p.m., according to the State Highway Administration.

The fire brought several pieces of firefighting equipment to the scene and created significant smoke, said Lt. Cliff Kooser, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman, and officials closed the ramp to ensure the safety of the firefighters working roadside.

"There were some smoke issues and they just wanted to make sure our guys didn't get hit because someone couldn't see where they were going," Kooser said.

After several days of rain in the area, Kooser said no cause for the blaze had been determined, but that high winds in the area likely played a role in its growth.

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