Friday, December 14, 2001 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Fuel-tank line breaks at Mount Rainier

The Associated Press

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ASHFORD, Pierce County — Officials at Mount Rainier National Park were working yesterday to contain a spill of diesel heating fuel near Paradise Creek on the south side of the mountain.

As much as 2,000 gallons may have been spilled.

The spill apparently came from a break in a line from a fuel tank that serves a restroom and equipment garage below Narada Falls, the National Park Service reported in a news release.

How much fuel has leaked is not known, but park officials said the 3,000-gallon tank was filled on Tuesday.

When the tank level was checked yesterday morning, it was down about 2,000 gallons.

It's also not known how much fuel may have spilled into the creek, which flows into the Nisqually River.

Cleanup crews have been hampered by snow, which is about 20 feet deep.


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