Russett brush fire continues overnight, cleared Thursday near Oxbow Lake Nature

Department of Natural Resources officials kept an overnight watch on a brush fire that fire fighters had been battling since Wednesday afternoon near the Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve in Russett. By Thursday morning, all the hot spots had been extinguished, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Division Chief Keith Swindle

The brush fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8200 block of Water Lily Way in Russett. Swindle said about 7 to 10 acres of brush were involved in the fire, but that no structures or building were involved. 

Anne Arundel fire fighters returned Thursday around 8 a.m. after DNR Forestry Division officials reported hot spots were still burning, and knocked out the remaining fire by 10 a.m., Swindle said.

No cause has been determined for the brush fire, which is currently being investigated. But Swindle said the warm, dry weather conditions could be a factor.

A fire Monday at the Popeye's Restaurant on Route 198 near Russett is believed to have started in a mulch bed next to the building as a result of someone discarding smoking materials, county fire officials said. That fire caused about $50,000 in damages.

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