Prince George’s County Firefighters, with assistance from Anne Arundel County Firefighters, are currently battling a large brush fire. About 40 firefighter’s on-board 9 engines and two 4X4 brush units are trying to contain the approximately 3 acre brush fire running behind the Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center (Annapolis Road and Race Track Road) and the Freestate Mall in Bowie. At this point; no structures are in danger and there are no evacuation orders. Firefighters have been on the scene since just after 4:00 PM. The command post is set up on the rear side of Free State Mall by the Good Year Tire Center.
Firefighters from College Park, Riverdale and Beltsville are transferring to cover the Bowie area.