Crownsville brush spreads over several acres near River Road, Anne Arundel Fire Department says

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Anne Arundel County firefighters contained a brush fire in Crownsville that broke out Wednesday and spread across several acres.

A passerby called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. and told officials that the woodlands along River Road were on fire. When first responders arrived, they found a “significant” amount of trees and brush engulfed in flames spreading towards Maynadier Creek, a tributary of the Severn River.


It took 41 firefighters approximately four hours to control the blaze, according to a news release. The fire had spread over “less than 10″ acres, according to Lt. John Bennett, a department spokesperson.

Mutual aid was provided by Naval Academy Fire Department, Fort Meade Fire Department, Annapolis Fire Department and Maryland Forestry Service.


No property damage was reported, Bennett said, and a news release Thursday confirmed one fire fighter was treated at a local hospital for a minor injury. They have since been released.

A cause for Wednesday’s fire has not been determined.

The fire t came during a “Red Flag” warning from the National Weather Service, which was issued due to extremely low humidity and gusty winds that can quickly spread flames.

Another brush fire in Rosedale on Wednesday was controlled by Baltimore County firefighters after affecting 8 to 10 acres of land, stalling trains and shutting down beltway traffic during rush hour.

Wednesday’s incident also follows a much larger brush fire in Baltimore County last week which consumed nearly 700 acres around state-protected wildland in Owings Mills. That fire also drew a massive emergency response and stretched overnight before it was controlled.

Anne Arundel County remains on a “high alert” for wildland fire, according to the Wildland Fire Assessment System.