Plume of smoke from APG visible in Nottingham area

APG Smoke 20170308A plume of smoke visible for miles is nothing to be alarmed about, according to the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company.

WMVFC said on Wednesday that it had received multiple calls related to smoke in the area.

The cause was determined to be a large range fire contained to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company also confirmed that the smoke was coming from APG.

WMVFC said it had received the most calls from the Chase (Eastern Avenue/Oliver Beach/Ebenezer Road) area.

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APG ‘controlled burn’ to be visible from I-95 on Thursday

Aberdeen Proving GroundDon’t be alarmed if you see smoke when travelling north along Interstate 95 on Thursday.

The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, along with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Department of Emergency services, is planning controlled burns Thursday, January 26, for management of downrange areas at APG.

Efforts will be made to minimize the smoke from impacting on-post and off-post residential communities. All controlled burns are implemented in accordance with the Installation Wildland Fire Management Plan, the purpose of which is to address potential wild-land fire risks and sustain mission landscape for testing and training activities.

All activity that may occur is coordinated with the APG Fire Department and permitted by Harford County.

APG says that prescribed burning is the safest and most cost effective way to maintain its ranges due to unexploded ordnance concerns.

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MSP helicopter crew locates stranded jet ski rider in Harford County

MSP HelicopterA marshy area on the east side of the Bush River became the unintended campsite of a stranded jet ski rider beginning the afternoon of June 5, 2016 – that is, until the victim was finally located by a Maryland State Police helicopter aircrew and rescued by allied agencies on the morning of Monday, June 6th.

A concerned spouse alerted officials in Harford County at 5:15 a.m. Monday that her husband had departed from a boat ramp in the Bush River Sunday afternoon and had not returned home. Maryland Natural Resources Police located the victim’s truck and jet ski trailer in the parking lot of Flying Point Park. An overwater search coordinated by Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region and supported by the Trooper 1 helicopter crew and vessels from the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Police Department commenced.

At about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, the victim was located by the State Police helicopter crew and was subsequently rescued by responding public safety vessels. The victim was not injured, but fatigued after weathering the thunderstorms and rain that passed through Harford County on Sunday evening. The jet ski he was riding suffered mechanical failure which stranded him throughout the night.

As this summer’s boating season starts to ramp up, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of preparedness, which directly applied to this case. During the debrief, the survivor said if he would have checked the weather, had a reliable means of communication, or told someone where he was, he would have prevented the situation entirely, or have been found much sooner.

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