SARANAC INN - A ground and brush fire consumed about an acre of state land along the shore of Upper Saranac Lake Tuesday evening.
A group of campers on Buck Island spotted the blaze around 6:15 p.m., and the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department was contacted, according to Head Saranac Lake Fire Driver Rick Yorkey. He said the department responded with 20 members, three trucks and two boats, using the state boat launch in Saranac Inn as a staging area.
Yorkey said the fire was located on state land along the lake's shoreline across from Buck Island. It was apparently started by campers who failed to properly extinguish their campfire, he said.
Saranac Lake firefighters prepare to be ferried to the scene of a ground and brush fire on Upper Saranac Lake at the Saranac Inn boat launch Tuesday evening.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
"When we got there it was spreading pretty fast," Yorkey said. "It was in the ground and the pine needles and the brush, and the flames were about 2 feet high."
The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the boat launch in mutual aid with about a dozen members. They were ferried to the scene in one of the Saranac Lake rescue boats.
Yorkey said firefighters poured water on the blaze from the department's fire and rescue boat, which is stationed at the boat launch, and used portable pumps and tools to extinguish the fire.
The scene was turned over to a trio of forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, who will monitor the site today for any potential flare-ups.
Saranac Lake firefighters were back at their station by 10:28 p.m.
The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department manned the Saranac Lake firehouse during the call.