EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - Firefighters were called to a brush fire near 1323 Best Road just before 3 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived the fire had already burned through a few acres of the woods.
"We deployed here and then found that it was moving away from us with the wind," said David Teets, Best Luther Fire Company Assistant Fire Chief, .
Firefighters began pumping gallons of water, spraying it onto the quickly spreading brush fire while others suited up with water back packs to put out hot spots throughout the wooded area.
"Obviously you have an ignition source and you have dry fuel. This time of year before things have really greened up and gotten a lot of moisture in them. They're more susceptible to catching on fire," Chief Teets said.
Crews from multiple fire departments set up two staging areas on each side of the fire.
"Ninety percent of the work in these types of fires is done with a garden rake or a leaf rake to sweep the burning fuel to the burned area so it can't access fresh fuel," Chief Teets said.
This time of year is high risk for brush fires, residents are ordered to follow a burn ban until May 14th. But not far from the brush fire this burn pile was still smoking, and one firefighter said there was evidence of other burn piles in the wooded area.
"The danger is heat exhaustion and fatigue," Chief Teets said.
A State Forest Ranger who was on scene told the NEWS CENTER he believed a burn pile in the wooded area is what started this brush fire. He said he was looking for who was responsible and said that they would be ticketed. The fine is a minimum of $500.
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