Sam’s Point Wildfire Spreads to 2,000 acres, More Fire Departments Deployed to Assist
Despite Tuesday's rain the wildfire at Sam's Point in Ulster County has spread to 2,000 acres. More fire departments have been deployed to assist in putting the fire out.
As of early this morning the wildfire at burned through 800 acres and officials said it was picking up intensity.
This afternoon the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the blaze has now consumed 2,000 acres.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, which was closed this weekend due to fire, remains closed. According to Ulster County Tourism this also includes Sam’s Point Preserve, all hiking & biking trails
The Ulster County Sheriff's Office reports that despite some unauthorized messages there have been no fire evacuations at this time.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed over 70 additional state personnel to help combat the wildfire. There are now more than 110 state emergency personnel on the scene dedicated to the fire.
Additionally Tuesday, 7 Dutchess County fire departments have deployed resources to assist with the massive wildfire at Sam’s Point Preserve in Ulster County.
The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response (DCER) worked with the local departments to respond to the inter-county mutual aid request from Ulster County Emergency Services.
Responding fire departments include:
• Beekman Fire Department
• East Fishkill Fire Department
• Pleasant Valley Fire Department
• Milan Fire Department
• Millbrook Fire Department
• Tivoli Fire Department
• Union Vale Fire Department
“We have been actively communicating with officials in Ulster County to offer our assistance with controlling the brush fire at Sam’s Point Preserve." Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a statement. "We are grateful to the firefighters from departments across Dutchess County today providing necessary support in battling this massive wildfire.”
The DEC is reminding residents that due to warming temperatures and drying conditions residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14.