At 3:37 Monday afternoon Company 7 (Jarrettsville) was alerted for a woods fire in their first due area. Chief 7, Brush 742 and Engine 712 went en route to the 731 box to investigate. While en route, Chief 7 advised he had a large column of smoke and requested an additional engine and brush truck as well as Company 6 (Whiteford) for the Gator. Upon arrival Chief 7 advised the fire was across the creek putting it in Company 10’s first due (10-07 Box).
Chief 10 (Gustaitis), already on the air, arrived at the fire and advised access should be made off Eden Mill Road. He also requested the first engine respond to his location as the fire was moving up the hill towards a dwelling. Chief 10 advised the fire involved approximately 2-3 acres at the time of his arrival, but quickly changed the estimate to 5 acres.
Additional units were requested as crews began to work to stop the progression of the fire. Chief 10 had Eden Mill Road Command, Chief 7 had Operations and Chief 6 had Staging. Gusty winds and a steep terrain made fire fighting activities harder and aided in the spread of the fire. Crews from Companies 10, 7, 6, 3 (Bel Air), York County 56 (Citizens/Fawn Grove), York County 57 (Delta-Cardiff),Harford County HazMat Team and Maryland Forestry Service worked on the fire-ground until the fire was placed under control at 6:38.
Crews packed up their equipment and the last unit cleared at 8:06 bringing the total time of the call to approximately 4 and a half hours. The final determination from the Forestry Service was that 8 acres had burned. There were a total of 12 companies or agencies involved and approximately 60 firefighters on the scene.
Company 10 would like to express it’s gratitude to all the Mutual Aid companies that assisted on this call. Along with all the units on the scene, Company 9 (Darlington), Company 13 (Fallston), York County 54 (Eureka/Stewartstown) and Lancaster County 58 (Rawlinsville) were also called into action to transfer and fill in for the companies working on the scene. Also, a huge thanks to Company 10 Support Services who, as usual, supplied everyone with food and drinks at the end of the call.
Company 10: Chief 10, Engines 1012 & 1013, Engine-Tanker 1025, Brush 1041, Rescue 1051 and IV1091
Company 3: Engine 315
Company 6: Chief 6, Engine 611, Brush 641, Utilities 671, 672 & 699, Special Unit-Gator 688 and LightTower 6
Company 7: Chief 7, Engines 711, 712 & 714, Brush 741 & 742 and Utilities 762 & 771
Company 9: Engine 914 (Transfer to Co. 6)
Company 13: Engine 1311 (Transfer to Co. 10 – Cancelled while en route)
YC Station 54: Engine 54-4 (Transfer to Co. 10)
YC Station 56: Engine 56-4
YC Station 57: Engine 57-3
LC Station 5-8: Tanker 5-8 (Transfer to Co. 6)
Harford County HazMat Team: Polaris ATV
Forestry Service: Central 45 & 46