Chester Co. park fire gets out of control

May 6, 2008 5:55:20 PM PDT
A Chester County park official says a fire that got out of control was deliberately set to get rid of an invasive species. Bob Williams, the county's assistant director of parks and recreation, says no one was injured in the fire at Nottingham County Park and no private property was damaged.

Williams says the fire was set Tuesday morning to get rid of green briar, an invasive species that had colonized much of the forest floor. Also, he says it was designed to help a type of pine tree that only germinates when fire is present.

It's unclear why the fire got out of control. It was under control by 5 p.m.


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