AEGIS STAFF REPORT
6:43 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
Firefighters from several volunteer companies in Harford and Baltimore counties battled a woods fire in Fallston Tuesday afternoon. On Friday evening, another woods fire in Joppatowne required several area fire companies to control.
The Fallston fire was reported in the rear of Fallston Valley Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association's media Facebook page.
Several dozen firefighters from volunteer companies in Fallston, Bel Air, Kingsville and Long Green responded to the blaze, which consumed several acres, association spokesman Rich Gardiner said. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forestry Service also had personnel on the scene. No injuries were reported.
Around 4:40 p.m. Rich Gardiner of the fire and EMS association said he expected fire personnel would be a the scene for a couple more hours.
Michael Euler Sr., who said the woods is on his property, said he believed between five and seven acres near Winters Run had been burned.
Firefighters from three volunteer companies in Harford and Baltimore counties fought a woods and brush fire in the Rumsey Island area of Joppatowne early Friday evening.
The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company said the blaze was contained to about a quarter of an acre.
At 6:18 p.m., someone called the Harford County 911 Center and reported seeing smoke in the woods, near the 700 block of Shore Drive, according to a media release from the fire company.
A total of 25 volunteer firefighters using eight pieces of apparatus responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes, the fire company said. No injuries were reported.
Joining Joppa-Magnolia were firefighters and equipment from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company.
Responding firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia determined standard fire equipment was too big to travel off the main road to the fire, so crews used four-wheel drive vehicles to travel approximately a mile into the woods, according to the fire company release.
Once in the woods, firefighters found about a quarter-acre of natural vegetation burning and requested additional four-wheel drive units from Abingdon and the White Marsh.
In addition to using water to extinguish the fire, crews used rakes to expose hidden fires or hazards, the fire company release continued. The fire was declared under control at 6:50 p.m. An officer from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources was on scene to provide assistance, the fire company said. The last unit cleared the scene at 7:23 p.m.
Shore Drive was shut down briefly at Joppa Farm Road because of the number of fire apparatus blocking the road.
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