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Friday, June 17, 2011
From The POCOMOKE CITY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
June 16, 2011 5:33 p.m. The Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co. assisted Stockton Vol. Fire Co. with a large field fire on Jones Rd. Extremely dry conditions and high winds caused the fire to spread rapidly.
Smoke from the fire as seen on Stockton Road
Additional Fire Companies / Departments that helped fight the fire included: Snow Hill, Girdletree, Greenbackville, New Church, and the Forestry Service.
Additionally, Maryland State Police, Trooper 4 (helicopter) was used to help locate the distance the fire was spreading into the woods.
The fire started from a combine that was harvesting the crop.
The burned area of cleared land was harvested wheat and barley. Very little of the unharvested crop was lost. However, all of the harvested crop in the combine, along with the combine, was lost.
Approximately 50 to 70 acres of harvested land was burned and less than 50 acres of forest area was involved. One firefighter received an ankle injury. Firefighters were on the scene for about 3 hours.
Stockton Chief Neal Payne was the Officer in charge. Pocomoke Chief Dicky Gladding was the Operations Officer.