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Pa. mountain fire burns into fourth night

December 23, 1998

ROXBURY, Pa. - A mountain fire in Lurgan Township continued burning Tuesday night, four days after it started.

"It just gets under the rocks and comes up somewhere else," Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Eric Varner said Tuesday evening. He had just returned to the fire hall from the scene, about two miles west of Roxbury on Blue Mountain.

The fire is in steep, rugged terrain. It's difficult for firefighters to get to, let alone haul the equipment and water needed to put it out. Varner said it takes about 45 minutes for crews to hike from the nearest road to the remote area.

"It's pretty much contained" and not threatening any buildings, Varner said. No firefighters would be stationed at the scene overnight, he said.

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"You just can't risk your personnel," Varner said, adding that freezing temperatures and the wind chill factor are as much a threat as the slow-burning fire.

The fire has charred approximately 20 acres since it was spotted Saturday night. The cause is unknown.

Varner said Pennsylvania Forestry Department officials have not decided whether the fire warrants bringing in aircraft to drop water or fire-retardant chemicals.

He said the fire could continue for several days, or even weeks, if it doesn't rain.

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