brush fire

Sam's Point Fire Claims Some 2,000 Acres

Apr 27, 2016
Courtesy of NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County has consumed about 2,000 acres as of Tuesday.

New York state officials are reminding residents about brush burning restrictions.

NY Wildfires Update

May 10, 2015

  Dry weather conditions are keeping New York firefighters busy. 

State officials say fires in Ulster, Chenango, Yates and Sullivan counties are now toally extinguished.  17 acres of Red Brook State Forest in Chenango County are charred as a result of a stubborn brush fire that began Thursday. More than 15 departments battled the blaze. Another fire involving about 60 acres in Lanesville, Greene County that also broke out Thursday was 30 percent contained at last report. 

It is spring, but green-up is not complete and until it is, leaf litter and duff scattered across lawns and forests are volatile kindling for fires.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the fire danger across the region, which has already seen massive burns in Sullivan and Berkshire Counties.


Officials in Springfield Massachusetts announced Friday they intend to seek state and federal funding to build a new school to replace an aged  one that was heavily damaged by the tornado almost a year ago. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.