Fire!Posted: April 21, 2009
So unbeknownst to us, we were almost evacuated. I found out the fire was under control just one block behind us on Shawanga Lodge Rd. OK, I say one block behind us which is about 3 miles, but still…all this activity going on right on the other side of the mountain-and we had no idea. Thanks to all the vollies for a job well done.
All the pictures are from the Times-Herald Record.
The article is also from the Times-Herald Record:
Wurtsboro — The weekend forest fire that burned nearly 400 acres and threatened homes on the Shawanga Lodge Road “is well under control,” Sullivan County Fire Coordinator Dick Martinkovic said.
Nearly 100 firefighters from 21 companies in Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties continued to battle the fire Sunday, which burned along the Wurtsboro Ridge Preserve and also threatened about 30 homes on Shawanga Lodge Road.
The fire began on Saturday afternoon. Fire trucks were stationed at several homes as a precaution.
No homes were damaged, Martinkovic said.
Also assisting were the Forest Rangers, the Sullivan County sheriff’s office and state police. A state police helicopter collected water, flying back and forth from a pond in Bloomingburg to the burning ridge.
In an otherwise textbook operation, Martinkovic said crowds came to watch the blaze, parking cars on Route 209. This caused some traffic problems.
Authorities had to ask several people to leave.
“It seemed every time one car would leave, two people would come,” Martinkovic said.
Late Sunday, one Wurtsboro firefighter sustained a knee injury and had to be taken to Orange County Medical Center for treatment, Martinkovic said. There were no other injuries.