Turkey Ridge State Forest Land Fire Continues to Burn
JASPER, N.Y. (WENY) -- A forest fire in Turkey Ridge State Forest Land that started yesterday is 95 percent under control according to Steuben County. Despite the efforts of heavy rain and about 75 firefighters from across the region, the fire is expected to burn for the next few days.
"Those living or traveling along State Route 248 should be aware that the fire will continue to burn, but should not pose a threat due to the current weather conditions. Smoke from the fire will still be visible for several days until the fire is completely extinguished," said Timothy Marshall, Director of Public Safety for Steuben County.
The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation. As it stands, state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers estimate that 370 acres of public and private land has been consumed by the blaze. While the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole has done much to suppress the fire, it did not go out today entirely as was initially hoped.
The 75 firefighters who battled the blaze came from agencies from Jasper, Greenwood, West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Andover, Canisteo, South Hornell, North Hornell, Addison and Bath. Arkport and Howard Fire Departments provided Standby coverage. Jasper Ambulance provided EMS Standby at the scene and additional support agencies included DEC Forest Rangers, Steuben County Office of Emergency Services, the State Department of Transportation, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.