Forest Service fighting Eastern Shore fires

September 10, 2010|By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun

Firefighters from the Maryland Forest Service deployed Friday to contain two Eastern Shore wild fires made worse by dry conditions and stiff winds.

The largest was a 12-acre blaze in woods and fields near Cordova in northeastern Talbot County. The fire is believed to have been started Thursday by a spark from farm equipment, according to Forest Service fire supervisor Monte Mitchell.

A second fire began Friday in Somerset County. Two or three acres were burning on land owned by the Department of Natural Resources. No further information was available, Mitchell said.

No structures were involved in either fire, and no injuries had been reported.

"We've been in drought conditions for a lot of the summer in most of the state," Mitchell said. "We've had low relative humidity and strong, gusty winds since about Wednesday. Those factors have combined to create a scenario for large fire development, and fires are easily spread once they get started."

Since Sept. 1, he said, Maryland Forest Service firefighters have responded to 19 fires that burned nearly 48 acres.

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