50 firefighters battle 40-acre fire in Bedford Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks

BEDFORD, Ohio - Fifty firefighters responded to a 40-acre fire in the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks on Thursday.

The fire started in a field near Button Road at South Circle, which is the southern part of the reservation, a Metropark, a Metropark Rangers spokeswoman said. It was out in about 90 minutes.

Fire crews used all-terrain vehicles with 100-gallon water tanks to put out the blaze.

"Once we got the right equipment, it went pretty quick. It really didn't take us as long as you think because in the area of the fire, the middle of the fire would burn out and it was just the edges of the fire, so you're talking 40 acres. Not 40 acres going all at once, but basically a circle," said Bedford Fire Chief Dave Nagy.

No injuries were reported. Metroparks Rangers said no houses were in danger.

The Bedford, Oakwood and Maple Heights fire departments were involved in the efforts, while the Metroparks grass fire unit in Independence also responded.

The Bedford Reservation stretches into parts of Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood, Valley View and Walton Hills.

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