Above: The red and yellow dots represent the locations of heat detected at 1:50 p.m. on April 25, 2016 by a satellite over the wildfire that is burning two miles southeast of Ellenville, New York.
(UPDATED at 11:08 p.m. EDT, April 28, 2016)
The wildfire in Ulster County has been fully contained. Thanks to all state and local first responders: https://t.co/BndjIep41x
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 28, 2016
This will be our last update for this wildfire southeast of Ellenville, NY unless something very unexpected occurs.
(UPDATED at 3:25 p.m. EDT April 27, 2016)
Firefighters have mapped the Sam’s Point Fire just southeast of Ellenville, New York and are now calling it 1,574 acres. It was slowed Tuesday by damp weather after being very active on Monday. Today will be sunny and drier with the relative humidity dropping to 29 percent by late afternoon. That and the 6 to 8 mph winds out of the west combined with a Haines Index of 5 could result in more fire movement this evening.
Approximately 226 personnel are assigned to the fire.
The fire is being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team, Kevin Slade (NYS DEC DFP) and Jim Prunoske (NYS DHSES IMT).
Video from 4/25/16 of a fly over of the Sam’s Point Preserve brushfire pic.twitter.com/Zrj63kWELk
— NYS DHSES (@NYSDHSES) April 27, 2016
(UPDATED at 8:10 p.m. EDT April 26, 2016)
As of Tuesday morning the Sam’s Point Fire had burned 2,000 acres in Ulster County 21 miles west of Poughkeepsie. The fire was very active Monday afternoon with 35 to 40-foot flames rapidly chewing up an additional 1,200 acres. The fire is on land managed by Minnewaska State Park.
According to News12, fog and rain today, Tuesday, are helping firefighters.
The Ellenville, New York Fire Department apparently does not often have to deal with large vegetation fires like the one currently burning in Sam’s Point Preserve. According to the TimesHerald-Record they are asking for donations.
Anyone who has a chainsaw they do not use or need and would like to donate it, is asked to bring it to the Pioneer Fire Company, 73 Center St., in Ellenville on Tuesday. Also, the Rolling V Bus Company on Canal Street in Ellenville is doing a “Stuff the Bus” drive for the firefighters from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Items such as water, socks, toilet paper and work gloves are needed.
It is depressing that a fire department has to beg for these items.
— John Goff (@JohnGoff_News12) April 26, 2016
Below, photos from Sunday and Monday:
Viewing the Ulster County brushfire in Sam’s Point Preserve from the air pic.twitter.com/cI8sVKn3jk
— NYS DHSES (@NYSDHSES) April 25, 2016
Busy day in Ulster Cty. Proud to work with such professional NYS and Local Public Safety providers. Keeping NYS Safe pic.twitter.com/wWU0PBHLmC
— Kevin Wisely (@KevinWisely1) April 24, 2016
(Originally published at 6:36 p.m. EDT April 25, 2016)
A wildfire that has been burning since April 23 in Sam’s Point Preserve just southeast of Ellenville, New York has grown to about 800 acres. The fire in Ulster County 21 miles west of Poughkeepsie is being fought by about 110 personnel from thirteen local fire departments, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, and NY State Parks. Two helicopters operated by the State Police have been dropping water on the blaze, 250 gallons at a time.
According to the Governor’s office, the fire is being managed by the State Incident Management Team, which integrated into the State Forest Rangers, and an a Structure Protection Group.
New York does is not often presented with the challenge of suppressing large wildfires. The state apparently has a unique system that, if one is to believe literally the press releases, the Governor either chooses to or is required to become involved in making management decisions about staffing the incidents. Or perhaps the Governor just likes to have his name associated with mitigating an emergency.
Today I directed state emergency personnel to a wildfire in Ulster County that has consumed nearly 300 acres: https://t.co/IKKItkym7I
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 24, 2016
Today I deployed an additional 70 state personnel to combat the wildfire in Ulster County: https://t.co/gEjXfVtat0
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 25, 2016
Last year in early May the Roosa Gap Fire in the same general area, about 5 miles south of Ellenville, burned over 2,400 acres. That was the first time in recent memory that an air tanker had been used in the state.