BRUSH CREEK - Hundreds of firefighters from numerous area departments battled three large brush fires Thursday in Jefferson County.
Two of the fires were along ridges in an area known as Salt Run in Brush Creek Township.
The third was a few miles away. Firefighters believe that was caused by an unattended fire from the owner of a mobile home who was cleaning up brush.
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Empire firefighter Chris Grimm looks back at a burned hillside during a hard day of fighting brush fires Thursday in Jefferson County. His T-shirt bears a Harley-Davidson-style insignia memorializing Frank 'Dude' Martin, the son of the Empire mayor. Martin recently died in a traffic accident.
The first two were actually rekindles from a fire the night before that was started when a stolen pickup truck was set ablaze on Brush Creek Township Road 301.
Firefighters were on the scene from about 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., Irondale Fire Chief Dan Householder said.
Householder estimated between 15 and 20 acres burned in the Salt Run area Thursday, plus another five acres in the first near the trailer.
Brisk winds and rugged terrain impeded efforts to control the blazes.
Irondale was in command of firefighting efforts. It was assisted by eight departments from Jefferson County plus Columbiana County crews from Highlandtown, Calcutta, West Point, Glenmoor, Liverpool Township, Wellsville, Salineville, Hanover Township, Perry Township and Leetonia.
On stand-by for the various county departments were Lisbon, Green Township, Columbiana and Winona.
The Red Cross also was on hand to assist firefighters.