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Firefighters battle Thorpe wildfire

Firefighters from two counties, along with the Department of Conservation and Environmental Resources, battled a wildfire that broke out around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the mountainside north of North Avenue in Jim Thorpe.

The Mount Pisgah fire was brought under control around 6:30 p.m.

According to the DCNR, the fire was started by a resident burning brush.

The property owner called emergency responders around 2:30 p.m. to report that his debris fire near intersection of North and Pine Avenues in Jim Thorpe was spreading.

Soon thereafter, volunteer crews from the Jim Thorpe Fire Department arrived.

Fueled by winds, the flames began burning onto the slope and toward Nesquehoning.

Fire personnel used UTVs, brush trucks and tankers to attack the 4-acre fire. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Based on the windy conditions, DCNR said the fire could have been much worse and credited the great response and hard work of the volunteer fire departments.

The fire brought response from Carbon and Schuylkill counties, including volunteers from Jim Thorpe, Franklin, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Mahoning Valley, Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale, and Penn Forest fire companies.

Firefighters were on the scene of a wildfire that broke out on Mount Pisgah in Jim Thorpe Sunday afternoon. A smaller fire happened in Mahoning Township earlier in the day. See page 4 for details. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Smoke from a wildfire Sunday could be seen throughout Jim Thorpe.