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Dry conditions and growing wind kept fire companies hopping Saturday afternoon into evening as they battled a series of brush and wood fires.

A county dispatch supervisor said they logged 22 brush fires and eight woods fires, most between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

She wasn’t aware of any injuries or structural damages from the fires.

Several of the fires started early, with three reported in the eastern part of the county in a span of 20 minutes shortly after noon.

Five fire companies, some on foot, fought a pesky woods fire near Chestnut and Bridge streets in Salisbury Township, with tankers transferring water to the inaccessible site.

Brush fires also occupied crews at Noble and Creek roads in Sadsbury Township, as well as near Voganville and Amishtown roads in Earl Township.

At 1:06 p.m., a fourth brush fire sent firefighters to Valley View Road and Water Street in Caernarvon Township.

A second onslaught started around 3 p.m. ,with a woods fire in the area of Hammertown and Edwards roads in Caernarvon Township.

Then there was a brush fire in a field reported in the area of Beverly and Old Hershey roads in Mount Joy Township about 3:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., crews were working four active brush calls — two in Brecknock Township, one in Leacock Township, and Paradise Township — and one woods fire call in Providence Township.

By 5 p.m., the total was up to two woods fires and five brush fires, in addition to several incidents of wires or trees downed by wind.

Notable among them was a brush fire in Martic Township in the area of Marticville and Loop roads about 5 p.m., which was fought by at least five fire companies.

“The fire itself was only about a quarter to half an acre, but it was an extremely difficult place to get to,” said Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Carl Strickler Jr.

He reported about 7:30 p.m. that his crew was just getting back to the station amid sleet.

They had been dispatched to about four brush fires in an hour, he said.

Strickler also noted that the incidents largely stemmed from people who had cleaned up their properties during the nice part of the day, started cleanup burns, then lost control of them when the wind started.

No structures or people were harmed in any of the fires his crew fought, he added.

Temperatures have reached 60 degrees or more seven out of the last eight days, creating dry conditions. The threat of brush fires was exacerbated Saturday afternoon with the arrival of a strong cold front.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Lancaster County until midnight Monday. Sustained winds will be 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

This story was updated several times the afternoon of Nov. 19 to note additional incidents.

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