85 Acre- Wide Brush Fire In Hillburn

Seven Rockland fire departments were called to a brush fire off of Torne Valley Road in Hillburn that had spread about 85 acres through a forested area Tuesday morning until nightfall. According to Peter Byrne, a deputy coordinator for Rockland Fire and Emergency Services the departments put out about 90 percent of the flames by Tuesday night and New York State Park Rangers stayed through the night to keep the flames down, and will work through today to extinguish any remainder of the fire. The fire was in an isolated area and there were no injuries reported and no damage done to homes. The isolated location also meant that hoses couldn’t reach the blaze, so firefighters used hand tools until the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Westchester County sent over helicopters to assist. The Rockland fire departments received support from Orange and Rockland, whose helicopter helped determine the edges of the fire, as well as support from various New Jersey departments. Fire fighters stated that brush fires are common during the dry season and they were lucky there was no wind, which prevented the fire from spreading faster.

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