UPDATE (4:15 p.m.)—About a half dozen homes were evacuated near the 8400 block of Echo Drive in Riviera Beach because of a brush fire Monday afternoon, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Firefighters reported to the scene around 12:41 p.m. and requested immediate backup, according to spokesman Capt. James Rostek. It reportedly took 49 fire personnel and 24 pieces of equipment to battle the blaze that was caused by a brush fire.
One firefighter received minor injuries, Rostek said.
Janet Jenkins, who lives on nearby Bay Drive but was not evacuated from her home, told Patch that she could smell smoke when she was at around 2 p.m. She said she witnessed a mulch pile on fire at a home at the corner of Park and Church roads and used her iced tea to try to put it out while the homeowner ran to get a hose.
RoseMarie Bender, who lives on Park Road, told Patch she was vacuuming when a neighbor warned her that "the hill was burning" near her home.
"There was smoke billowing all over the place," she said.
Bender described how the fire department used a boat to help put out the fire on the hill area that slopes down toward the water. Yet, she said the wind was blowing the water and making it difficult to direct the water onto the fire.
"The fire department is doing a good job," Bender added.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, there were no reports of damaged homes in the neighborhood.
The fire department issued a release Monday morning about the area being under a .