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Railroad forest fire could be declared out today

July 16, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

State forest rangers will return today to the scene of a forest fire that last week scorched roughly 3 acres of state land along the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Ray Brook.

On Saturday, four forest rangers and a crew of inmates from the state's Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility were at the scene, checking for hotspots.

"At the end of the day Saturday it went into patrol status," DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said in an email this morning. "Forest rangers will check it today and determine whether it will be declared out or not."

More than 70 firefighters and a half dozen forest rangers worked Thursday to contain the blaze after it was reported by a passing Adirondack Scenic Railroad train. The train was later used to ferry firefighters, equipment and supplies to the scene.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Meanwhile, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department members responded to a small grass and brush fire along the railroad tracks by Lake Colby on Saturday at 9:44 a.m. The blaze was extinguished. A dozen firefighters responded using two fire trucks and an ATV, returning to the fire station by 12:03 p.m.

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Elsewhere, Winchell said a team of eight forest rangers was working this morning to quench a small fire on a ledge area on private property in the town of Keene. The blaze was triggered by an unattended campfire, he said.



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