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Brush fire in Sykesville believed to be caused by model airplane crash

A fast-spreading Tuesday brush fire near the Public Safety Training Center driver training facility is believed to have been started by a crashed model airplane.

The fire required multiple fire companies from Carroll and Howard counties to contain, according to the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department.

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Sykesville fire and emergency medical services were alerted to the brush fire at approximately 12:15 p.m. The brush fire, initially believed to cover about one-half acre, is reported to have been driven by the wind.

Sykesville Fire and EMS contain a brush fire Tuesday near the Public Safety Training Center driver training facility.
Sykesville Fire and EMS contain a brush fire Tuesday near the Public Safety Training Center driver training facility.

Upon arrival, extra resources were requested including all-terrain vehicles from Sykesville and Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department and a brush truck from Winfield Community Fire Department. By the time the fire was contained it had grown to approximately 6 acres.

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No injury or property damage was reported.

According to the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department twitter account: “The fire is believed to have started when a model airplane being operated from a nearby park crashed and caught fire.”

The department asks the public to avoid open burning due to dry and windy conditions, via social media.

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