Firefighters battle stubborn brush fire

SLATE RUN – A brush fire that started in the vicinity of 24 Back Road, Brown Township, spread into the remote surrounding forest quickly under dry and windy conditions Saturday afternoon.

Brown Township firefighters were dispatched about 3:40 p.m. They were followed by firefighters from Nippenose Valley and Jersey Shore Citizens and Independent Hose companies, who were requested to bring more tankers and manpower at about 4:10 p.m.

Brown Township fire officials asked that the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources be notified because the fire was spreading into Tiadaghton State Forest lands.

About 10 minutes later, Morris Township Fire Department in Tioga County was called to bring manpower along with all terrain vehicles and tankers, because there were no readily available water sources at the scene.

Clinton Township also was called in to bring all available manpower to its stations, and fire support by air was requested about 4:20 p.m. and responded to aid firefighters with an air tanker that began dropping fire retardant about 4:30 p.m.

As of 5:15 p.m., according to the Lycoming County communications center, firefighters were still on scene with the DCNR Bureau of Forestry taking the lead in the efforts.

The state Department of Transportation was dispatched about 7 p.m. for traffic control on Route 414, as firefighters remained on scene.

A call to Citizen’s Hose Co. revealed firefighters were still on the scene at 7:30 p.m.

At about 8 p.m. a firefighter at Independent’s Fire Co. said about a dozen firefighters in a special task force would remain on scene over the night to continue fighting the fire.