50 firefighters backpack water to woods fire

March 26, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A woods fire covering about 10 acres off the 1300 block of Bachman Valley Road between Westminster and Manchester raged out of control for several hours Friday afternoon.

Engines and brush trucks from Manchester, Westminster, Lineboro, Reese, Hampstead and Pleasant Hill of York County, Pa., were dispatched to the fire, which was discovered just before 2 p.m. About 50 firefighters carrying backpack water tanks and hand tools walked up a steep hill to get to the fire.

The brush trucks carried water to the firefighters, snaking their way around the trees. Gusty winds spread the fire,

The fire equipment had to travel a one-lane driveway for about a mile before getting to the area of the fire.

A bulldozer from the Maryland Forestry Division was brought in to cut a path around the burning timber in an attempt to prevent it from spreading.

Equipment from other stations in Carroll, Baltimore and York counties filled in at several Carroll stations.

No one was injured.

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