This morning shortly before 11:30 company 11 along with companies 1 (Sharpsburg) and 8 (Boonsboro – Rohrersville) we alerted for a reported mountain fire in the area of Maryland Heights.
Having limited information and poor cell reception with the calling party, crews searched all trails in and around Maryland Heights. After additional information was obtained from the caller, crews focused their search to an area around the blue trail where crews found a large tree that had been struck by lightning the night before smoldering.
Having the fire contained to a single tree, Utility 11, Brush 1 and Engine-Tanker 8 were placed inservice . Remaining crews worked for about an hour with the Park Service to limit the hazard.
Company 11 Units: Support 11-7, Brush 11, ATV 11, Chief 11
Brush 8, Utility 8, Wildland Trailer 8, Engine-Tanker 8, Deputy Chief 8 (Boonsboro – Rohrersville)
Brush 1 (Sharpsburg Fire)