Another brush fire pops up

A brush fire burned about 10 acres of rugged terrain in Logan Township on Thursday, according to the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.

The wildfire started about noon in the Juniata Gap area of Wopsononock Mountain and ultimately spread to about 10 acres, DCNR spokesman Terry Brady said.

Firefighters from 12 local fire departments, along with DCNR Bureau of Forestry personnel, worked throughout the day and into the evening to put out the fire.

Two tanker aircraft stationed at Mid-State Regional Airport near Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County were called in to drop water and fire retardant, Brady said.

“It’s slow going,” Brady said Thursday afternoon, noting the rough terrain of the area affected by the fire made access difficult. The wildfire didn’t affect any public lands and was on private property, Brady noted.

Dave Lynch, leader of the Northern Blair County Forest Fire Crew, said the planes each dropped nine loads onto the wildfire by late afternoon and had to refuel before making more runs.

Lynch said crew members were on scene, and it was expected the effort to stamp out the brush fire would stretch into the night.

The fire also disrupted electrical service to some Penelec customers.

“There were 51 customers we had to take out of power to let the firemen into the area to fight the fire,” Penelec spokeswoman Beverly Green said.

Green said Penelec personnel still were unable to access the area as of 5 p.m. Thursday, and the company would have to inspect the power lines for damage before any time frame for restoring power to those 51 customers could be established.

The fire was also near television station WTAJ’s transmitter, located on Wopsononock Mountain. According to WTAJ Vice President and General Manager Phil Dubrow, some viewers lost the stations television signal during the fire.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.