Thursday, March 3, 2016

40 Carroll and Baltimore Co. firefighters respond to spring woods fire

40 Carroll and Baltimore Co. firefighters respond to spring woods fire at N. Gorsuch and Leister’s School Road north of Westminster

Woods fire in muddy conditions leads to stuck fire vehicle

March 1, 2016 by Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times

It took Carroll and Baltimore county firefighters two hours to contain a large woods fire in a remote location off Hampstead Mexico Road on Tuesday afternoon, working in muddy and dangerous conditions, according to fire officials.

The first call for a brush fire in a remote location bordered by North Gorsuch, Gablehammer and Leister School roads came in at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday, according to Public Information Officer Kevin Dayhoff of the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department. More than 40 firefighters and 18 pieces of equipment — including an all-terrain vehicle — responded from stations including Westminster, Manchester, Hampstead, Reese, and Lineboro.
Upon arrival on the scene, it was discovered that 1.5 to 2 acres of woodland were burning in a parcel far from the paved road that was difficult to access, according to Dayhoff.

Brush, field and woods fires in early spring or late winter can be particularly hazardous, according to information provided by Westminster fire company Lt. Brett Pearce, because while the ground remains frozen, the top layer can thaw, providing dry tinder for a fast-moving fire while simultaneously remaining muddy enough to make firefighter maneuvers difficult.

Tuesday's fire was also fanned by windy conditions, Dayhoff said.

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