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Fire on Blue Mountain

PRESS PHOTOS BY SCOTT M. NAGY Left, top: A helicopter from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Department of Forestry fills up in the Lehigh River as it battles a fire that broke out May 1 on Blue Mountain in Lehigh Township.
Water is dumped from a helicopter onto a fire on Blue Mountain, which brought out nearly 20 emergency response agencies and resulted in the shutdown of Route 248 in both directions between Lehigh Gap and Berlinsville.
PRESS PHOTOS BY SCOTT M. NAGY The fire on Blue Mountain can be seen for miles May 1 as firefighters fight by foot and others use utility terrain vehicles to access flames on the rocky and steep slopes. In all, the fire encompassed about 10 miles.