BRYANT — About 100 firefighters battled a brush fire that grew to roughly 40 acres Wednesday along Highway 9 north of Arlington.
Someone was burning a stump on private farmland off Stanwood-Bryant Road when the fire grew out of control around 3:45 p.m., North County Fire Chief John Cermak said.
The fire was initially reported as about an acre. Smoke was visible for miles around. Crews responded from neighboring fire districts to help, along with the state Department of Natural Resources.
Wind spread the flames quickly across multiple properties. Then the wind shifted.
“It’s burning back on itself, which is actually a good thing,” Cermak said around 7:30 p.m.
By then, the flames were believed to be basically under control.
No homes were damaged, and there were no reports of injuries. Crews planned to spend the night mopping up.
In the preceding three days, firefighters in nearby Marysville reported putting out three more brush fires, brought on by a spell of warm, dry weather.
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