Orangeburg Fire Put Out Sunday

Flames and smoke on Clausland Mountain.

Flames and smoke on Clausland Mountain.

The Orangeburg Brush Fire that began on Thursday afternoon was put out Sunday. According to Orangeburg Fire Commissioner Joe Sassono all of the volunteers and departments are off the mountain and standing because there are still hot spots in some of the areas. The fire burned over 300 acres for nearly four days and took the aid of all 26 Rockland Departments, Orange County and New Jersey departments, and helicopters from Westpoint and Westchester. Gordon Wren, Rockland’s Director of Emergency Services, stated that the recent days of rain and humidity helped the fire to die out. Authorities suspect the month-long drought conditions in the county and dried leaves led to the start of the fire, though they are still investigating the official cause.

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