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Brush fires reported in Northampton County

One in Mount Bethel Township, the other in East Allen Township

Dry, windy conditions help fuel brush fires around region

HAMILTON TWP., Pa. - Two stubborn brush fires broke out Thursday afternoon in different parts of Northampton County.

Hamilton Township brush fire:

A two-alarm brush fire was reported at around 2:15 p.m. near Monroe Drive off  Valley View Road (Route 191) in Hamilton Township, near the Monroe/Northampton County line.

Tim Dugan, the district forester of the Delaware State Forest District, called this location a "high fire danger season."

According to authorities, it is unclear how the fire started, but they did identify its origin behind a homeowner's residence.

Multiple fire companies reported to this multiple alarm blaze.

"We had a helicopter that made about five drops of water on the flanks or the sides of the fire and there was a fixed wing aircraft that came across and made one drop of a fire retardant foam, water mixture," said Dugan.

According to Dugan, about eight acres of brush were involved, but no properties saw any damage and no injuries were reported.

Still, the fire left residents and witnesses feeling nervous.

"You never know with fire, mother nature is kind of scary," said Nichole Smith who is moving in across the street.

Allen Township brush fire:

The other fire was near 8220 Airport Road in East Allen Township.

An East Allen Township resident called 9-1-1 after seeing flames shooting about 30 feet into the air from the trees.

The resident said the area where the fire began is often used for dumping leaves and Christmas trees adding any fire that starts rips through there quickly.

"I was scared to death, I was scared to death and the wind was so bad, it was picking up speed going down, in a straight line through the wood," said Jean Webb, a resident of the Allen Mobile Home Park.

Fire officials warn dry conditions combined with wind create a high risk for brush fires. Residents were warned to avoid burning in these conditions.

"Typically in the spring like this before everything has a chance to turn green we see this as well as in the fall," explained the fire chief on scene.

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