Widespread Brush Fire Consumes NY Parkland

Windy and dry conditions fueled the fast-moving fire in Orangeburg

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    A brush fire has consumed dozens of acres of woodland in Rockland County. Brynn Gingras reports.

    Brush fires have burned more than 50 acres of woodland in Rockland County, sending thick smoke across the Hudson River.

    More than 150 firefighters began battling the brush fires in Clausland Mountain State Park in Orangeburg Thursday afternoon. The flames spread quickly with the windy and dry conditions. 

    "It's blowing it all over. It just took off, the wind blew it right up the mountain," said Orangeburg Fire Chief Cornelius Lynady. 

    Large Brush Fire Burns in NY

    [NY] Large Brush Fire Burns in NY
    Firefighters respond to a large brush fire in Orangeburg in Rockland County. The fire on Orangeburg Road at Parkway Drive South may burn for hours.

    The firefighters had to halt their efforts when the rugged mountain terrain became too steep and the nighttime hours became dangerously dark.

    No structures have been burned, officials say.

    Neighbors were in awe as they watched the fire from afar. 

    "It looks like the things you see in California," said Besty Jordan. 

    Tracie Duffy teared up as she pulled over to watch the fires. 

    "I spent many afternoons climbing through those mountains, and to see them on fire, it's just heartbreaking. It makes me want to cry," she said. 

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