Bedford forest fire contained

CENTERVILLE – Firefighters are winding down operations at a massive Bedford County forest fire, representatives said Thursday, with the nearly 900-acre blaze totally encircled and unable to expand.

The Wills Mountain fire, first sighted Saturday afternoon, is now set to run its course within the cordon built by local and state firefighters, Bureau of Forestry spokesmen said in a news release. Smoke might rise from the site until more rain falls, they noted.

The fire, which tore through state game lands and private mountain property before it was contained, didn’t destroy any occupied structures, responders said. The only reported injuries among fire crews were minor cuts and scrapes.

Many of the dozens of firefighters still on the scene were set to return home Thursday evening.

Forestry officials haven’t yet announced the fire’s cause. Ninety-eight percent of Pennsylvania wildfires are caused by humans, they said in a written statement.