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Two woods fires reported in York County Thursday
Firefighters in the areas of Hellam Township and Codorus Township fought off two woods fires Thursday afternoon.
In Hellam Township, crews were sent to the 5300 block of Brummer Lane for a woods fire, according to Hellam Fire Co. Chief Eric Strittmatter. The fire was about two acres, he said.
Strittmatter said other departments were called in to assist because of the size.
“For the size of that fire, we needed more water," he said. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
The chief said crews got to the area about 3:30 p.m. and left shortly after 6 p.m.
“I’d say they probably had control in about an hour and 45 minutes," the chief said.
At one point, the fire was spreading toward a tower that Fox 43 uses.
"It was, I'd say, 75 feet from the base of the tower," Strittmatter said.
Crews were able to keep the fire from reaching the tower. No one was injured, and no structures were damaged, Strittmatter said.
Earlier in the day, Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Co. responded to a woods fire off Krebs Road in Codorus Township, according to a Facebook post from the department.
According to the post, firefighters were at the fire for more than three hours. The fire burned about three acres.
Officials from the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Co. could not be reached Thursday night.
Dryness: Strittmatter said that around this time of year there are dry leaves that remain on the ground in the woods.
The dryness of the leaves allows fires to start more quickly.
"Any little thing can start it. It can be a spark from a chimney," the chief said.
Strittmatter urged people to be on the lookout.
“The big thing is, if you do see a fire, especially on windy days this time of year, call 911 as soon as possible," he said. "Because any time lapse just lets the fire get more advanced."
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.