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Dozens of Md. homes evacuated for wildfire

Sunday - 4/8/2012, 7:01pm  ET

JOPPA, Md. - An 18-acre wildfire prompted Harford County authorities to order the evacuation of dozens of nearby homes in the Joppa area.

Chief Ryan Barrow says the fire broke out in early afternoon Sunday and quickly grew to the equivalent of a four-alarm blaze, fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. About 100 firefighters from around the county and personnel from neighboring counties and state agencies battled the flames.

Officials ordered the evacuation of 60 nearby homes that might be threatened, but Barrow says residents were allowed to return after about three hours.

By 6:30 p.m., the blaze was no longer spreading, but Barrow said it was not yet under control. He says officials are bringing in more firefighters to relieve those who had already been on the scene for hours.

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