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Firefighters battle 7-hour brush fire that burned 45 acres in Lake Forest

Firefighters work to extinguish a large wildland fire in the McCormick Ravine in Lake Forest Monday afternoon. | Photo: Max Weingardt.

It took dozens of firefighters over seven hours to extinguish a wildland fire that burned more than 45 acres of land in Lake Forest on Monday.

The Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 11:52 a.m. Monday to the 600 block of Circle Lane for a report of smoke in the area.

The fire department arrived in the area and immediately found a large amount of smoke, according to Lake Forest Deputy Fire Chief Mike Gallo.

Firefighters located an active fire in the McCormick Ravine to the south of the initial location.

Gallo said the incident was quickly upgraded through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) to bring additional personnel and equipment.

Firefighters work to extinguish a large wildland fire in the McCormick Ravine in Lake Forest Monday afternoon. | Photo: Max Weingardt.

The upgrade brought Wildland Teams from both Lake and McHenry counties to the scene to assist with controlling and extinguishing the fire.

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More than 40 personnel from over 15 surrounding fire departments assisted the Lake Forest Fire Department.

The fire was finally declared under control and extinguished by 7 p.m. Monday, Gallo said.

There were no reported injuries to civilians or fire personnel and no structures were damaged during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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