138 acres burn in fire
SMITHSBURG - A forest fire that ignited Saturday afternoon on South Mountain was more than three times larger than originally thought, officials from the state Department of Natural Resources said.
Patricia Manown Mash, a spokeswoman for the department, said aerial photographs revealed that the fire swept though 138 acres of the northeastern tip of Washington County.
Initially, DNR officials thought the fire burned about 40 acres.
Mash said firefighters were more concerned with public safety and protecting property than determining the acreage, which can be tricky in steep, rocky terrain.