Over 40 State Personnel Working with Local Responders to Contain Fires in Harriman State Park That Has Consumed Approximately 540 Acres
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the deployments of state emergency personnel and resources to two separate wildfires at Harriman State Park in Rockland and Orange Counties. State and local first responders are currently working to maintain control around the first blaze, which was reported at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Pine Meadow area of the park in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County. This fire has burned approximately 100 acres and is completely contained. A second fire was reported around 11:45 p.m. Sunday on Tom Jones Mountain, a remote area of the park in the Town of Tuxedo, Orange County. This fire has burned approximately 440 acres and is 90 percent contained. Crews continue to work to establish containment lines around the fire and no residents in the area remain in the direct path of the fire.
“State emergency personnel have been working around the clock to contain this wildfire and protect the safety of New Yorkers living in near-by communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “We urge those in the affected areas to be aware of the current dangers, stay informed of developments and to remain alert.”
More than 40 state personnel from Department of Environmental Conservation, Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and Office of Emergency Management are working to contain and put out the fires. Additionally, fire departments from Rockland and Orange County are on the scene to assist state first responders with protecting camp structures in the area.
New York State personnel and resources deployed include:
- Department of Environmental Conservation/Forest Rangers: 14 personnel
- Office of Emergency Management: Four regional and executive staff
- Office of Fire Prevention and Control: Five regional staff and a resource tracking trailer
- Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation: 22 personnel, four ranger trucks and one bulldozer
The additional personnel and resources deployed by the state will support two Volunteer Fire Departments from Orange County, a Volunteer Fire Department from Rockland County and a Mobile Communications Center currently on scene. Tuxedo and Sloatsburg Fire Companies have also provided personnel and equipment to assist in protection of group camps in areaThe Harriman State park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the parks system. The fire, which is burning along hillsides with difficult access, is challenging to battle due to the mountainous terrain. For safety reasons, Route 106 is closed between Route 17 and Seven Lakes Drive.
To report a suspected wildfire, call 9-1-1 immediately. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services reminds New Yorkers to have a family evacuation plan and a go kit ready for emergencies.
For a list of emergency supplies, visit: http://nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/step2.cfm. For wildfire safety information, please visit: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/wildfire.cfm. For information on how to protect your home, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation at:http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/42529.html.