Brush Fires on the Rise Across Berks County

Berks County has seen a number of Brush Fires over the past few days, some endangering houses and businesses.

According to the DCNR, the greatest danger of wildfires in Pennsylvania occurs during the spring months of March, April, and May. The unusually warm and dry winter has contributed to the high risk of brush fires.

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Certain conditions are necessary for a wildfire to occur. An available fuel source, such as dried grass or leaves, dry conditions, including low relative humidity, and an ignition source.

The DCNR also states that in Pennsylvania, 99 percent of all wildfires are caused by people.

The video above is an example of one of many brush fires reported in Berks County over the past few days. This particular fire occurred behind the former Kmart in Cumru Township.

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Thanks to the quick efforts of Cumru Township, Shillington, and Sinking Spring fire crews, this fire was put out quickly. Here are a few of the other brush fire calls in the past 24 hours:

  • Hereford Township on Grouse Hill Road – Brush Fire
  • Greenwich Township on Miller Road – Brush Fire
  • Lower Alsace Township on Skyline Drive at the Entrance to the Bridle Path – Brush Fire
  • South Heidelburg Twp on Huntzinger Road – Brush Fire
  • Upper Bern Twp on Schoolhouse Road – Brush Fire
  • Earl Twp on Hess Lane reported to be a brush fire spreading between the house
  • Earl Township on Old State Road – Field on Fire
  • Pike Township on Water Street – Brush Fire upgraded to working structure fire
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