Brush Fire Spreads Over Acres In Orangeburg

Flames and smoke on Clausland Mountain. The fire has been burning since 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

Flames and smoke on Clausland Mountain. The fire has been burning since 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

150 firefighters from 18 departments have been working to control a fire on Clausland Mountain in Orangeburg since 1:30 Thursday afternoon. Helicopters from Westchester and Westpoint flew in water to drop on the fire, but conditions and trees allowed it to continue spreading. According to Orangeburg Fire Chief Neil Lynady about 30 acres had been burned when officials made the decision to suspend fighting the flames at sunset due to safety conditions on the mountain. Departments monitored the flames through the night to prevent them from spreading further, though they couldn’t lessen the blaze. Lynady stated that the slope of the mountain, harsh terrain, and wind made it difficult for firefighters to contain the flames through the day but no one has been reported injured and no homes or businesses were in danger last night. The department sent out a reverse 911 to residents in the area notifying them of progress and to call authorities if the flames spread to buildings. More volunteers returned early this morning, according to one volunteer 12 departments have set up on the Nyack side of the fire near Tweed Boulevard and will continue to control the flames from there. Residents are urged to avoid the area. All 26 Rockland Departments responded to the fire so far today, with assistance from other counties and reports have come in that the fire is contained. Rockland’s Director of emergency services Gordon Wren stated to WRCR that so far the flames have not reached any homes and the department called in specialized equipment such as brush trucks and 4 wheel drive vehicles. Through pictures received by WRCR from witnesses and residents, smoke and flames appear to be spreading close to Greenbush Road as departments work to contain them. Officials are unsure what initially caused the fire, but according to Orangeburg Assistant Fire Chief Chris Jackson the drought conditions throughout the County and dry leaves on the mountain fueled the flames.

 

Firefighters set up on Greenbush Road to prevent the flames from spreading to residences.

Firefighters set up on Greenbush Road to prevent the flames from spreading to residences.

 

 

Director of Rockland's Emergency Services Gordon Wren overseeing firefighting activity.

Director of Rockland’s Emergency Services Gordon Wren overseeing firefighting activity.

Smoke can be seen spreading dangerously close to a home on Greenbush Road

Smoke can be seen spreading dangerously close to a home on Greenbush Road

 

Smoke from the 3- mile brush fire heading towards Greenbush Road

Smoke from the 3- mile brush fire heading towards Greenbush Road

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