SOUTH CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Firefighters from across Fayette
County were battling a 50-acre brush fire in a hilly area, but
authorities said no homes or structures were threatened.
The fire, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, was one of
several brush fires reported in the county on Saturday, emergency
dispatchers said. By 6 p.m., only the South Connellsville fire and
a smaller blaze in Georges Township were still burning, they said.
State forestry officials were called to help local volunteer
firefighters battle the larger blaze, which began about 10 a.m.
Authorities didn't say how it started, but the area has been hit by
several fires in recent days that have been blamed on a relatively
dry spring.
Because of the hilly terrain, firefighters ferried to the blaze
on all-terrain vehicles, and some carried tanks of water on their
backs. A helicopter dumped 50-gallon buckets of water drawn from
the Youghiogheny River and two tanker planes also dropped water,
officials said.

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