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Mountain fire in Berkeley County rekindled

August 20, 2008

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A mountain fire off W.Va. 9 ignited by a lightning strike last week rekindled Tuesday after it had been snuffed out in the early morning hours, officials said.

Jim Guerrin of the West Virginia Division of Forestry estimated the fire burned between two and a half to three acres in a remote forested area west of Hedgesville before volunteer firefighters from Hedgesville, Bedington and Back Creek Valley were able to extinguish what was a smoldering fire.

No homes or other structures were threatened, Guerrin said.

Firefighters responded about 8 p.m., Monday evening to an area on North Mountain behind Tomahawk Intermediate School and didn't clear the fire area until about 3 a.m., Guerrin said.

Guerrin said evidence of the lightning strike was obvious, adding that a hollowed-out tree was "completely blown apart" by the current.

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- Matthew Umstead

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