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Crews fight wildfire in Potter Township

A wildfire burns across a gas line clearing in Rothrock State Forest near Treaster Kettle Road in Potter Township on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
A wildfire burns across a gas line clearing in Rothrock State Forest near Treaster Kettle Road in Potter Township on Saturday, April 11, 2015. CDT photo

Firefighters responded to a blaze in Potter Township on Saturday afternoon.

Centre Hall Fire Chief Philip Orndorf said the fire burned about 50 acres of state and private forests and was 95 percent contained by late in the afternoon.

Orndoff said that shifting winds pushed the fire from left to right.

The strategy for fighting the fire is based on the crew working the lines.

“If they tell me that they need something, that’s what I call for. If they need more manpower, I’ll get more manpower. If they need an airdrop, we’ll call for an airplane to come in and drop the water for them,” said Orndorf.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry authorized two planes to make four drops of water over the scene, which saw 12 fire companies working to contain the blaze.

For a video of the fire, visit CentreDaily.com.

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