‘Human cause’ started brush fire that burned 15+ acres of Lancaster County woods

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM)– Investigators are still looking at what could have sparked the fire that burned 15+ acres of woods in Lancaster County but say that a person caused it.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said it was determined that “human cause” but there is still an investigation into the fire to find out more.

Garden Spot Fire Rescue shared on Facebook that it was around 1:30 p.m. on Monday when they got a report of a brush fire in the area of Sandmine Road and Ranck Road in East Earl Township. As crews were responding, there was a large column of smoke that could reportedly be seen off of Welsh Mountain.

A total of 15.8 acres were burned by the fire that also saw departments from Chester County be called in to help fight it. Crews were still working in the burn area until dark, the fire department wrote.

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The fire was located far back in the woods, the post reads, but with the winds gusting up to 30 mph the flames began to quickly spread. Emergency crews used multiple driveways, logging trails and access roads to get to the fire.

Multiple homes and other buildings were threatened but were undamaged by the fire. There were no reported injuries from the fire. It took firefighters just over three hours to contain the blaze.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact them at (610)-582-9665

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Crews are expected to return to the area to continue working on extinguishing hotspots and getting rid of dangerous trees.

DCNR officials said that 99% of fires are human caused and caused by carlessness.

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