Brush fire burns at least 10 acres in Derry |

Brush fire burns at least 10 acres in Derry

A brush fire Tuesday that burned at least 10 acres in Derry Township likely began when a resident emptied ash from a wood burner into nearby woods, said Bradenville fire Chief Mark Piantine.

The fire spread quickly because of the recent dry weather, Piantine said.

The blaze was reported around 11:41 a.m. along Lee Valley Road, a heavily wooded area not far from Keystone State Park.

Firefighters from multiple departments in Westmoreland and Indiana counties battled the blaze that Piantine estimated to be 10 to 15 acres on rough terrain. Piantine said at one point the fire was about 2 12 miles ahead of firefighters.

“The fire is out and this rain coming in tonight” should help quell any hot spots, Piantine said Tuesday afternoon.

A small shed was destroyed. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

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