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Firefighters clean up hot spots from Claylick Mountain fire

April 08, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Keith Ewan left and Matt Scheetz pause on their way out of the woods after fighting forest fire Thursday near Kasiesville.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer,

MERCERSBURG, PA. -- Firefighters withdrew from Claylick Mountain at about 3 p.m. Thursday after mopping up the remnants of a fire that burned about 45 wooded acres Wednesday near Whitetail Resort, a spokesman from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry said.

A little more than a dozen firefighters from the Bureau of Forestry were on the mountain Thursday to extinguish hotspots, said Ray Miller, a spokesman with the McConnellsburg office of the Bureau of Forestry. Firefighters were able to use logging roads to get a tanker truck to the scene.

"There's very little to no smoke coming out of it at all," Miller said.

The fire started Wednesday morning just across Blairs Valley Road from Whitetail Resort. Officials set up a command post at the entrance to the resort and used all-terrain vehicles to shuttle firefighters to the blaze.

An estimated 110 firefighters from 16 local companies used rakes, leaf blowers and water-bearing airplanes to battle the flames.

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At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters said the blaze had been contained, but not before the fire spread over Claylick Mountain toward Kasiesville, Pa.

Miller said flames flared up Wednesday night past the containment point and burned an additional acre. Firefighters who remained on the scene, however, were able to knock it down.

On Thursday, officials conducted a brief investigation of the fire and ruled out natural causes, Miller said.

He said authorities planned to continue the investigation.

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