Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Wildfire activity in Ulster County NY - May 5

Thanks to my friends from Pete's NJ Wildland Fire Page: Section B10, I have learned about a 1,700 acre wildfire in and near the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest. According to reporting from the Recordonline (May 4, 10 PM EDT) the fire started Sunday, May 3rd. Fueled by winds it spread to 1,700 acres yesterday May 4th. Evacuations were in place yesterday night in and near Cragsmore. The fire may have been started by someone who burned debris outdoors in violation of a New York State burn ban.

I found some updates on this update page from the Recordonline; as of 11:06 AM they are reporting that fire has burned 1,800 acres and is at 75 percent containment with National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and an airtanker from Canada come to work the fire from the air.

Finally, here is a short video report with some images of Helicopters working the fire.

direct link to video from Recordonline

Thanks to the Recordonline for providing free coverage (no payware) of the wildfire burning in the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest.

Stay safe everyone.

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