Big brush fire battled in Glenville

More than two dozen firefighters battled a big brush fire in woods between residential neighborhood
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More than two dozen area firefighters battled a big brush fire that ignited a large swath of woodland between the residential neighborhoods along Swaggertown and Sacandaga roads this afternoon.

Crews from four area companies spent more than an hour battling the blaze, which started in a remote location several hundred feet away from the end of Cherokee Road. Thomas Corners Assistant Fire Chief Dan Conley said the fire was spreading rapidly through the woods when firefighters first arrived just before 5 p.m.

“It was moving pretty fast on us,” he said at the scene.

Conley estimated the fire burned about 10 acres before crews contained it. He said flames were mostly kept on the ground, which had a heavy load of dry leaves and brush.

Chief Chief Greg Petricca said firefighters also battled heat exhaustion in the mid-70s temperatures.

The brush fire was the first large one touched off in Glenville this season, but was among scores in the Capital Region this spring. Dry conditions prompted burning bans in Schenectady and Albany counties this week. Schoharie, Saratoga and Montgomery counties already had bans in place.

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