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W. Pennsylvania wildfire now considered arson

- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry officials say a wildfire that burned about 1,000 acres of forest land near the Maryland border was likely intentionally set.

Forest fire specialist Ray Miller tells The Altoona Mirror ( ) that authorities have ruled out lightning, unattended camp fires and hot-running vehicles as causes of the fire, which began April 19 in the Wills Mountain area of Bedford County, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Miller says the fire started in a rugged, secluded area, suggesting it was intentionally set.

The fire burned for more than a week, with the last of its hot spots doused by rain over the weekend.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission owns most of the area that burned, which are state game lands. Some private property also burned.

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