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Field Fire Burns Ten Acres Near Pine Grove Mills

by and on April 06, 2015 1:20 PM

A plume of smoke was visible in the sky above State College early Monday afternoon from a possible wild fire near Pine Grove Mills.

Alpha Fire Company Assistant Chief Tony Berrena says a call came in at 12:42 about a brush fire in a privately owned field off of East Pine Grove Road. Crews from Alpha Fire and Boalsburg Fire Company were on scene for about two hours, and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby woods before putting the blaze out.

"We had ten acres burn," Berrena says. "We don't know what started it."

Berrena says that early estimates placed the number of burned acres much higher, but a satellite analysis of the field confirmed that only the ten acres were impacted. No injuries were reported.

Berrena says firefighters had to use a fire engine, two tankers and the Boalsburg Fire Company's brush truck to battle the flames. Berrena says the fire was out by 2:41 p.m.

Centre County Fire Wire – a nonprofit website that monitors fire activity in the area – put out a warning earlier in the day about a moderate risk of wildfires on Monday, asking people to refrain from burning anything outside.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.

Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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