Monday, April 25, 2016

Sixteen Mile Fire, Wilkinson Lake, Poconos PA

The 5,600 acre Sixteen Mile Fire is burning near Wilkinson Lake in the vicinity of Cresco in the Pocono Mountains of PA (Monroe County/Pike County, PA), not far from the border with NJ and NY. The Sixteen Mile Fire, reported to be human caused, has been burning since last Wednesday (April 20th), is at 30 percent containment. Four residences have been destroyed, some are seasonal residences. Evacuations are in place. As I understand it, one of the communities under the evacuation order is near Pine Flats Rd. Aircraft have been making drops on the wildfire in support of wildfire crews on the ground.

News69 WFMZ, reported on the fire in an April 24th report, updated on April 25th  that you may read here (includes a video that I share below). According to a News Eagle report (April 23rd), "over the past three days aircraft have made 183 air drops totaling 62,550 gallons." There are reports of smoke from this fire as far east as Morris County NJ, see this report from the Parsippany NJ Patch.

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