Fire on the mountain keeps firefighters busy
SMITHSBURG - Steep, rocky terrain made it difficult for firefighters to battle the forest fire that raged on South Mountain along the northeastern tip of Washington County Saturday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.
The fire, reported shortly before 1 p.m., started in the 13600 block of Edgemont Drive, on the western slope of the mountain, near a railroad crossing, according to DNR spokeswoman Patty Manown Mash.
It was contained at about 6 p.m., Mash said.
Two DNR foresters were staying through the night to make sure the fight didn't reignite, and five DNR employees would be cleaning up the charred area today, she said.