Dry weather and high winds have contributed to the large number of brush and woods fires in the county last week, said Emergency Operations Center shift supervisor Michael Clapsaddle.
Open burning of trash, a violation in Carroll County without the proper permit, started most of the 20 brush and woods fires that required firefighters to respond, Mr. Clapsaddle said.
Several fires discovered within 21 minutes on John Owings and Hughes Shop roads Sunday were believed to have been set. One man was questioned but was not charged.
The spokesman said open burning in the county requires a permit from the Health Department. The permit is free.
Mr. Clapsaddle said the number of brush and woods fires has decreased dramatically in recent years. He recalled when county firefighters would respond to 25 to 30 calls per day in weather conditions like those of the past week.
A fire reported about 9 a.m. Thursday in northern Carroll County burned about four acres of woodland and required 30 firefighters from Lineboro, Manchester, Hampstead, Parkville and Pleasant Hill, and a company from Glen Rock, Pa.
The fire was extinguished by noon.
A bulldozer-plow from the state forestry division, brought in to cut a fire line, plowed ground between the fire and unburned growth to prevent the blaze from spreading.