Wildfire destroys 27 structures in Catskill Mountains

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Most of the structures were unoccupied bungalows primarily used in the summer

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Above: Fire in South Fallsburg, NY. Screenshot from the video below.

A vegetation fire in South Fallsburg, New York grew to a five alarm incident that destroyed 27 structures Wednesday. The fire spread into two bungalow colonies burning seasonal buildings that were unoccupied at the time.

The fire was fought by 300 firefighters, mostly volunteers, from 39 departments in four counties. By the time they first arrived it was already moving through both colonies.

South Fallsburg is in the Catskill Mountains about 40 air miles northwest of New York City.

Mirriam-Webster defines a bungalow as “a one-storied house with a low-pitched roof; also : a house having one and a half stories and usually a front porch.” In the Catskills these homes are primarily used in the summer.

The video below reportedly shows the fire shortly after it started and began to approach the bungalows.

Below is another video shot at the scene of the fire.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.