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The Baltimore Sun

More than 130 firefighters battled a six-alarm blaze that tore through 6 acres of woods near the Loch Raven Reservoir yesterday evening, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire, which was reported just after 5 p.m. near Morgan Mill and Manor roads, spread quickly through the dry brush and dead leaves in the woods, Division Chief Michael Robinson said.

Crews from York County, Pa., Harford County and Baltimore City joined Baltimore County firefighters in battling the blaze, which they contained shortly before 8 p.m., Robinson said.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor burns.

The fire engulfed a remote wooded area far from homes or businesses. Dry conditions, wind and a lack of green vegetation intensified the blaze.

The cause of the fire was not known last night, Robinson said.

The majority of firefighters were to be demobilized about 11 p.m., with a few units remaining to monitor the fire scene. More crews were expected to work on extinguishing the blaze today, he said.

People looking to hike or bike at the reservoir's parks today should not be affected, Robinson said last night.

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