Rain helps contain massive brush fires

Rain helped firefighters contain two brush fires in Harriman State Park on Tuesday. The brush fires have scorched hundreds of acres of the park since

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending state emergency personnel and resources to fight the fires.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending state emergency personnel and resources to fight the fires. (11/15/16)

SUFFERN - Rain helped firefighters contain two brush fires in Harriman State Park on Tuesday.

The brush fires have scorched hundreds of acres of the park since Sunday.

One fire was just off Route 202 in Rockland County, and the other was near Lake Sebago in Orange County.

"We have some smoldering and we do still have some heat in the fire areas.  But its due to the heavy fire load. The rain took care of our light and moderate fuels," says State Park Ranger Lt. Michael Cahill.

Rangers say they will continue to monitor for hot spots.

Dry weather is expected in the next few days, so the danger is not over.

 

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