From Friday, November 4th through Monday, November 7th, New York State Forest Rangers responded to at least nine wildland fires in nine different counties caused by campfires, debris burning, and power lines.
The fires in the towns of Avoca, Canadice, Colchester, East Fishkill, Harrietstown, Lisle, Lysander, Persia, and Petersburgh in Broome, Cattaraugus, Delaware, Dutchess, Franklin, Onondaga, Ontario, Rensselaer, and Steuben Counties.
All of the fires, which burned approximately 75 acres of land, are out, contained, or in patrol status. The dry weather and windy conditions lead to fires that spread more quickly. Afternoon temperatures reached 70 degrees during the weekend as far north as the Central Adirondacks.
In Harrietstown, Franklin County Forest Rangers responded to a ground fire on the shore of Lake Colby in Saranac Lake Wild Forest on Saturday. Rangers put out the fire, which was caused by burning at an illegal campsite.
The investigation is ongoing.
Photos, from above: Petersburgh fire; Persia fire; and Saranac Lake Wild Forest fire.