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‘Large wild-land fire’ burns over a dozen acres near Hampstead, Baltimore County officials say

A “large wild-land fire” burned about 15-16 acres of land near Hampstead on Wednesday afternoon, according to Baltimore County fire officials.

Baltimore County firefighters arrived at 3:45, and it took about two hours to bring the fire under control, Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Tyson said. There were no casualties or injuries, he said.

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The fire approached a tree line but stopped short of it, Tyson said — partly thanks to some local farmers who used their tractors to help.

“They helped get the hay bales out of the way to keep from spreading to the woods," Tyson said. "They got everything to a central area where we could just douse it with water and they created trenches to create a fire line to keep it from spreading to the woods.”

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Fire crews spray down hot spots to prevent anything from reigniting.
Fire crews spray down hot spots to prevent anything from reigniting. (ULY)

Officials said the fire was located in the 19700 block of Grave Run Road — technically in Baltimore County but very close to the Carroll line, Tyson said.

A total of 30 hay bales burned in the fire, Tyson said, though the origin and estimated cost of the fire is unknown.

The owners of the property were not present during the fire, according to Tyson, who was unaware if they had been notified.

The fire prompted a response from 16 fire engines and firefighters from about five departments, from Baltimore County, Carroll County and Pennsylvania, Tyson said.

This article has been updated.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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