Emergency crews enter fifth day battling massive wildfire in Ulster County

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Tuesday’s rain helped tamp down the blaze but state police say firefighters remain on the scene Wednesday, four days after the wildfire started at the Sam’s Point Preserve in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County.

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said another 70 firefighters were deployed to battle the blaze, bringing the number of personnel on the scene to nearly 300.

The fire has spread across a rugged, heavily wooded section of the Shawangunk Mountains on the park’s southern part. The blaze broke out Saturday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of park visitors.

Luckily, no injuries have been reported and only one structure has been threatened by the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire photos are courtesy of the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

 

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