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Indian Springs fire no longer 'active'

September 12, 2010

INDIAN SPRINGS -- Maryland forestry officials kept an eye on hot spots and continued to finish up a fire line with bulldozers overnight after a wildfire burned more than 20 acres of orchard and forest land near Indian Springs, emergency officials said.

Firefighters left the fire, which was no longer considered active, by 1:30 a.m. Sunday, said Mike Reid, chief of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

Forestry officials, with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, stayed overnight to keep an eye on things, Reid said.

Approximately 100 fire and forestry officials from the Tri-State area worked on the fire, Reid said.

Fire officials should be able to get a better count today of how many structures were destroyed by the fire, but it did not reach residences on Corner Road, Reid said.

The fire, in the area of Park Head Road, was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday.

It consumed about six vacant buildings associated with an orchard that is no longer in operation.

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The area is near the Potomac River, southeast of Hancock and west of Clear Spring.

-- Julie E. Greene

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