Crews Battle Large Brush Fire

By WTAJ News

Published 04/20 2014 04:39PM

Updated 04/20 2014 04:44PM

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, BEDFORD COUNTY - Multiple fire crews continue to battle a large brush fire in the mountains in Bedford County,

Crews were first called out yesterday afternoon around 2:00 for a fire in the mountains near Cumberland Valley Fire Company. Officials say the fire has spread close to 200 acres. Crews have worked around the clock to contain it. Two planes and a helicopter carrying an 80 gallon bucket have provided air support. Officials tell us the conditions are not in their favor this time of year.

"It's real heavy fuels. A lot of mountain laurels and a lot of scrub oak and some pretty intense flames so we had to pull the crews back off the line for their safety, but we're finally starting to make some headway on it," DCNR Forest Fire Specialist Ray Miller says.

Officials aren't sure yet what caused the fire. They are urging people to be extra cautious this time of year as fire danger is high.

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