Crews battle 300-acre wildfire in Ulster County

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed additional state emergency workers to an upstate brush fire that so far consumed about 300 acres.

(Credit: News 12)

ELLENVILLE (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed additional state emergency workers to an upstate brush fire that so far consumed about 300 acres.

First responders were building a perimeter around the blaze that on Sunday was moving south within the mountainous Sam's Point nature preserve near Ellenville in Ulster County.

To contain the wildfire that started Saturday, two state police helicopters are dropping water on the hottest parts of the blaze.

More than 100 members of various local and state agencies are battling the fire, including parks employees, police and employees of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The state Department of Homeland Security says very dry conditions throughout the state coupled with low humidity and gusty winds have made conditions favorable for wildfires.

 

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