FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
By Edie Johnson
A brush fire on Schunneumunk Ridge began to spread Thursday afternoon, and with wind gusts rising soon became a 3-alarm fire (Blooming Grove, Cornwall and Salisbury Mills). When windy conditions threatened the situation such that it had the potential to spread to the Mountain Lodge Community that lies below the ridge, Supervisor Rob Jeroloman called for a State of Emergency to be declared so that additional resources would be available if they were needed.
By 7 pm the Blooming Grove Police Department updated the situation, saying that “The fire has been contained, largely due to the efforts of multiple fire departments from around the area. Forest Rangers will be remaining at the scene tending to hot spots. All roads are reopened at this time.”
This quickly spreading brush fire is a good reminder that there is a ban on burning until May 14, and under present dry conditions any burning is extremely dangerous.
With winds spreading the fire quickly a State of Emergency was declared to make sure that the many cottages in nearby Mt. Lodge Park would be able to be protected
Assistance in controlling the fire, which was contained at about 7 pm, with just about all of the neighboring towns supplying firefighters and equipment. Mt. Lodge Fire Dept. thanked their brothers from Monroe (Brush Truck and *TV, Washingtonville Fire (Brush Truck), Cornwall Fire (Brush Truck & ARGO, Cornwall-on-Hudson (Fire-Brush Truck), Maybrook Fire-Brush Truck, Goshen Fire (Brush Truck), Winona Lake (Fire Brush Truck & UTV, Kiryas Joel (Fire & Brush Truck), Coldenham (Fire and Brush Truck), South Blooming Grove (Fire, Brush Truck & UTV, Woodbury (Fire, Brush Truck), Cronomer Valley (Fire and Brush Truck, Warwick (Fire – Manpower), Mechanicstown (Fire – Manpower), West Point (Fire – Manpower, Vails Gate (Fire – 1 Engine to Standby, 36-1, 36-3, 36-12, 36-15, Orange County, Communications Unit, NYSP Aviation, NYS DEC, Town of Blooming Grove DPW, Town of Blooming Grove PD, NYSPD, Town of Blooming Grove, and Blooming Grove Ambulance.
It was truly a community effort by all the towns and villages in the area….basically everyone who could came and did the work necessary to protect the mountain and adjacent Mountain Lodge Park residents and property.