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Second wildfire breaks out in Ulster County

Aug 30, 2022 1:56 pm

Lana Bellamy reports in the Times Union that a second wildfire is now burning in the Minnewaska State Preserve Park. Over the weekend a lightning strike sparked the Napanoch Point Fire on the Shawangunk Ridge. Now the Stony Kill Fire is also burning in the Minnewaska State Preserve Park. Officials are adding 60 more firefighters to the almost 100 already fighting the first fire and have doubled to four helicopters for water drops. All access points to Minnewaska State Park have been closed until further notice. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Ulster County Department of Emergency Services officials are holding a community meeting about the fire at 7 p.m., Aug. 30 in the auditorium of Ellenville Junior/Senior High Schoo and residents can call the Ulster County Community Service Center with questions at 845-433-8888. Officials from the DEC said Aug. 29 that the first had burned at least 30 acres and was 15 percent contained. Currently, there are eight wildfires across New York State, and the DEC’s fire danger map lists the Hudson Valley and Catskills as a high risk of fire. Read more about this story in the Times Union.