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By DON AINES | April 18, 2008
ST. THOMAS, PA. -- Firefighters responding Friday afternoon to a brush fire in a mountainous area of Hamilton Township discovered the body of a man who died of an apparent heart attack, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. The body of Paul M. Bricker, 92, of Chambersburg, Pa., was discovered by firefighters who responded to calls of a possible mountain fire in the area of Mountain Road, Conner said. The fire was called in at 2:35 p.m., he said. Franklin Fire Company Chief Mark Trace said calls were received from someone on Edenville Road and another person in the Kensington Heights development, and firefighters were dispatched for an investigation of outdoor smoke.
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NEWS
November 16, 2005
Fire burns 20 acres of Pa. forest land MONT ALTO, Pa. - The cause of a mountain fire that burned 20 acres of woods Monday night in Mont Alto is under investigation, Rod Lyons, a fire inspector at Michaux State Forest, said Tuesday. Lyons said the fire began on private property on Oak Road off Pa. 233 across from the Penn State Mont Alto campus and spread onto state forest land. "We're saying the cause is undetermined at this time," Lyons said. "We're following some leads.
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By DON AINES | December 4, 1998
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The Fulton County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a resolution banning outdoor burning for at least 30 days. The ban came after the commissioners received a letter recommending the ban from District Forester Merl J. Waltz. The letter said Waltz had received verbal requests for the ban from the chiefs of the McConnellsburg and Needmore fire companies. The ban includes any outdoor burning of trash, debris or brush, whether in a burn barrel, fire ring or on the ground.
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October 4, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. ? Pennsylvania State Police in Gettysburg, Pa., were investigating a vehicle accident Thursday night in which a firefighter en route to a mountain fire in Greene Township in Franklin County was killed. Buchanan Valley Fire Co. Deputy Chief John Parr confirmed that a member of Orrtanna, Pa., fire company was killed in the line of duty while going to the fire in Michaux State Forest. He said no other details would be released until today. State police had not issued a news release on the accident as of Thursday night.
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By DON AINES | May 1, 2000
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Hundreds of students joined the family and friends of Sydney S. Bull Monday to say goodbye to the Shippensburg University student found murdered last week in Michaux State Forest. "My hope for being here tonight was to come for Sydney's graduation, not Sydney's departure," his mother, Cecilia Hilliard Bull, told a crowd of more than 400 people in the University's Memorial Auditorium. "We want to thank you all for your love and efforts to be here tonight," his father, Sigismond Bull, said.
NEWS
March 11, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Brush fires continued to keep firefighters busy Sunday. In Jefferson County, fire spread across at least five acres in a remote section of the Blue Ridge Mountain off Mission Road, said emergency officials. The fire started when high winds pushed a tree onto power lines, said Scott Knill, chief of the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. All five fire companies plus firefighters from Loudoun County, Va., Frederick County, Md., and Clarke County, Va., worked about three hours to fight the blaze, said Knill.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 27, 2009
ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- First actions taken at Monday's mountain fire in Washington Township, Pa., involved first responders identifying the affected area's boundaries, four main points for their attack and ways to access the forest with equipment. "With these kinds of fires, it takes time to get people assembled," Blue Ridge (Pa.) Fire Chief Jim Meek said. All firefighters must take a class that trains them for forest fires, and many in local departments have experienced them before, he said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 28, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Firefighters were battling two woods fires on North Mountain Wednesday night, said dispatchers. Both fires covered about three acres and were in a rugged section of the mountain off Swinging Bridge Road, which is accessible off Tuscarora Pike, said dispatchers and firefighters on the scene. Both fires were under control as of 10:30 p.m. Some of the heavy duty trucks that were being used to get to the fire scene were parked at the entrance of Swinging Bridge Road.
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