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Germantown Brush Fire Burns Less Than 10 Acres

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service Units worked into the night to make sure all the areas of a brush fire which burned a wooded area between Germantown Road and Riffleford Road, behind the PEPCO substation at 17101 Germantown Road on Saturday afternoon.

MCFRS units were dispatched to the area at about 4:00 pm on Saturday, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer. Units encountered a smoky area in a rough terrain, with dry and windy conditions which would be conducive to a rapid spread of fire in the area. Piringer said via Twitter that the “brush fire in Germantown had been ‘doused’ but the Department of Natural Resources and MCFRS will continue to monitor. Hopefully rain will help.”

The fire was contained to less than 10 acres and no structures were damaged or directly threatened. Fire fighters attacked the fire with more than five pumper trucks, three tanker trucks, and four brush trucks. The State Police helicopter Trooper 3 was called in for to provide an aerial assessment of the scope of the brush fire which, according to Piringer was contained by 6:10 pm, although units and personnel were on the scene until well after 8:30 pm on Saturday night.