2012-03-21 / Front Page

Firefighters tackle brushfire in North Highlands area

North Highlands, Cold Spring respond
Eric Gross

A brushfire late Saturday in the North Highlands section caused considerable worry among nearby residents. 
Andrew Balducci.A brushfire late Saturday in the North Highlands section caused considerable worry among nearby residents. Andrew Balducci.A brush blaze described as being "troublesome" blackened a 300 foot by 100 foot parcel of land in a section of Philipstown Saturday.

The fire was reported in a hilly terrain off Route 9 and was fought by fire crews from both the North Highlands and Cold Spring Fire Departments.

North Highlands FD Chief Pat Scherer said the location of the blaze made the firefighting operation difficult since flames broke out on a steep incline, necessitating crews to use portable Indian tanks carried on their backs as well as brooms to knock down the flames.

Firefighters also employed the use of Gator-off road vehicles in getting crews to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

The brush blaze was one of several reported throughout the county in recent days resulting from the unseasonably warm early spring weather and a lack of precipitation.

Fires were also reported in Kent, Putnam Valley, Putnam Lake, Brewster and Mahopac Falls.

Responders had already founght another brush fire earlier this month in Garrison near the river off of Indian Brook Road.

 

    Heavy smoke in the North Highlands area Saturday was due to a brushfire behind a number of homes.
 Andrew Balducci.Heavy smoke in the North Highlands area Saturday was due to a brushfire behind a number of homes. Andrew Balducci.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

The brushfire in North Highlands sent smoke throughout the neighborhood. 
Andrew Balducci.The brushfire in North Highlands sent smoke throughout the neighborhood. Andrew Balducci.

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