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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Campbell forest fire

  • A forest fire burned about two acres of steep, densely wooded hillside along Manning Ridge Road in the Town of Campbell on Thursday afternoon.

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  • A forest fire burned about two acres of steep, densely wooded hillside along Manning Ridge Road in the Town of Campbell on Thursday afternoon.
    Firefighters from the East Campbell, Campbell, Painted Post, North Corning volunteer departments worked to contain the blaze - which started near where Manning Ridge intersects with Erwin Hollow Road - for several hours.
    Donning protective suits, they hauled hoses into the woods to douse the fire, which mostly burned dry underbrush but also charred the bottoms of trees.
    They also strapped on backpacks filled with water and headed deeper into the forest, where the hose lines couldn’t reach, and used rakes to stamp out pockets of flames.
    Acrid smoke billowed high into the air as a warm breeze fanned the dry leaves on the forest floor.
    No homes appeared to be threatened. It was unclear how the fire got started. Forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene to investigate.
    About the same time, crews from multiple departments worked to put out a brush fire on Dyke Road in Hornby, near the Rogers Road intersection.
    It’s been a busy spring for local firefighters, with many brush fires occurring over the past several weeks in Steuben County. Some were triggered by residents burning brushpiles in their yards, although there’s a statewide ban on open burning in effect through May 14.

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