The Allegany State Park and “Rush Creek” fires burned last week, now extinguished
From the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation,
Town of Caneadea. Allegany County
Wildland Fire: On Nov. 16 at 5:15 p.m., Forest Rangers and DEC Foresters responded to a brush fire in Rush Creek State Forest. Angelica, Belfast, Centerville, Clarksville, Cuba, Fillmore, Houghton, New Hudson, Rushford, and Short Tract Fire Departments responded along with ambulances from Belfast, Houghton, and Rushford. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department drone unit and county and district coordinators also joined the effort to get the fire under control. The West Almond DEC forestry staff was also part of the effort. The fire was contained before growing to 138-acres and destroying a seasonal cabin and sheds near the State Forest. Rangers continue to patrol the area for hot spots. The cause of the fire is believed to be an unattended backcountry campfire.
Town of South Valley
Wildland Fire: On Nov. 13 at 3 p.m., New York State Parks Police alerted Forest Rangers to a wildfire burning in Pennsylvania heading toward Allegany State Park in New York. At 6:25 p.m., Ranger Skudlarek found approximately 45-acres burning in the State Park. U.S Forest Service firefighters contained the fire. On Nov. 14, six Forest Rangers worked with the U.S. Forest Service fire team to continue fire suppression efforts. On Nov. 15, fire crews put the fire in patrol status.
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