CHEMUNG, N.Y. (WETM) – Around ten departments responded to a large brush fire that was reportedly difficult to access by first responders just Northeast of the Town of Chemung Friday evening.
Reports of the fire first came into 18 News around 4:45 p.m. on April 15, along Drybrook Road on top of a mountain, though a witness on the scene told first responders she started smelling smoke around 2:00 p.m. Within the next hour, reports indicated the fire had grown considerably and several departments responded, including Horseheads, West Hill, Lockwood, Waverly Barton, Chemung, New York State Fire, and Greater Valley EMS, with a staging area set up on Drybrook Road and on the other side of the mountain on Clark Road.
A reporter headed to the scene said smoke was rising from the top of a hill near Clark Road and fire trucks were seen driving into the woods. According to a first responder from the Waverly-Barton Fire Department at the scene who arrived around 5:00 p.m., the fire has covered several acres and is accessible primarily by using ATVs on logging roads.
ATVs were in high demand and any department with one available was called out to the scene. The ATVs are equipped with special tanks and hoses and are able to carry roughly 150 gallons of water. Around 6:30 p.m. the smell of smoke was hardly detectable in the staging area and the winds had died down.
Details are extremely limited at this time as the size of the fire, the extent of damage, or the cause. There is also no word on any injuries. 18 News will provide more information as it becomes available.