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Brush fires strike across region

Brush fires strike across region

The region’s continued dry weather is making conditions ideal for brush fires.

The region’s continued dry weather is making conditions ideal for brush fires.

Firefighters responded to separate blazes in Wilton, Halfmoon and Schenectady on Saturday.

Wilton Fire Chief Robert Brown said firefighters battled a brush fire in a wooded area between Ruggles Road and Taylor Road. About 10 to 15 acres of a preserve area that crosses the Wilton-Schuylerville town line burned. About 60 firefighters from the Wilton, Gansevoort, South Glens Falls, West Glens Falls and Maple Avenue spent nearly five hours at the scene.

Brown said the fire did not appear to be suspicious. “It may have been a careless cigarette [disposal]. We don’t know what it was. We couldn’t locate it to a source,” he said.

Firefighters also responded to a fire in Halfmoon off Upper Newtown Road near the Old Champlain Canal. No further information was available from fire officials on Saturday night.

Schenectady personnel responded to two brush fires off Bailey Street and River Streets on Saturday evening. Deputy Fire Chief Scott Doherty said the Bailey Street fire burned about a quarter of an acre of wooded area and was believed to have started from an outdoor barbecue. Extremely dry conditions combined with the wind were blamed.

“It’s just not safe to be barbecuing,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Saratoga County joined other local counties that have prohibited open burning until further notice.

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