W. Pa. brush fire burns estimated 500 acres

W. Pa. brush fire burns estimated 500 acres

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a brush fire burned an estimated 500 acres of western Pennsylvania farm land before being contained.

No injuries were reported following the fire Sunday in Shenango Township, Lawrence County.

Firefighters said winds of up to 35 mph helped fan the flames. The fire burned almost five hours before being brought under control Sunday evening. No homes were damaged or evacuated.

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the area that expired Friday.

One resident tells WTAE-TV he pitched in to help, using farm equipment to spread dirt and snuff out the flames.

Shenango Township Fire Chief Dave Rishel says the blaze was started by an open fire.

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