Firefighters try to contain 440-acre blaze

November 12, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

With wildfires in Allegany and Harford counties under control, firefighters were battling yesterday Sunday to contain a separate blaze that consumed more than 400 acres in Washington County.

The wildfire was burning about three miles northeast of Clear Spring, in the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources said.

The blaze has not caused any injuries or property damage and was 70 percent contained by sundown yesterday, said DNR spokesman Charles F. Porcari.

Porcari said firefighters had to abandon their efforts during the night Saturday and early yesterday.

"Firefighters were pulled off the line because gusty winds were making the situation too dangerous," Porcari said. "Flames were getting as high as 15 feet off the forest floor."

Firefighting efforts resumed after daybreak yesterday, Porcari said.

About 20 National Park Service firefighters joined 75 DNR and volunteer firefighters, he said.

Porcari said that a statewide burning ban remains in effect and that the potential for brush fires remains high.

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