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DOS: Brush burning not acceptable fire training

State officials say local communities can't use their fire departments' training exercises to burn municipal brush. Brush burning by towns and by individuals was banned last year by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Local government leaders in the North Country have railed against the DEC regulation, claiming that it will lead to an increase in individuals burning their brush at home and an associated increase in brush fires. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Mexican farmworker fire investigation continues

An autopsy shows a Mexican farmworker on a St. Lawrence County dairy farm died of smoke inhalation. The man was found in the bedroom of a mobile home destroyed by fire. A frying pan left unattended on a stove sparked the blaze. According to the Watertown Daily Times, authorities still haven't identified the man or found his family in Mexico. Three other Mexican nationals escaped the fire. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Massena motel fire turns fatal

Fire swept through a Massena motel last night. One person is dead. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Scattered brush fires across the region

Yesterday, around 380 acres of brush fires were reported across New York State. Dozens of acres were burning in the Adk/North Country. The wet weather that moved into the area helped New York's Department of Environmental Conservation fight these fires. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Four dead, three injured at group home fire in Hamilton County

Four elderly residents died at a group home in Hamilton County on Saturday following an early morning fire. The blaze struck the Riverview home in the town of Wells, which is operated by New York state. Two staff members and a fifth patient were also injured. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Spring fire danger high

Conditions are just about perfect for brush fires in many areas of the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Small wild fires plague Adirondacks

As we reported yesterday, low water levels and a shortage of rain have brought drought conditions to the region. There are showers in the forecast for the next few days, but fire officials are still concerned about dry conditions. yesterday, three small wild fires were burning in the Adirondack backcountry. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Deadly fire rips through Ticonderoga duplex

An 11-year-old boy died Thursday morning in a fire that ripped through a duplex in Ticonderoga. Philip Frazier was taken to the Moses-Ludington Hospital but was later pronounced dead. The blaze also left two families homeless. As Jonathan Brown reports, several firefighters also suffered from smoke inhalation.  Go to full article
Photo: Tracy Santagate
Photo: Tracy Santagate

Fire destroys most of Jackrabbit Inn

Investigators were on scene yesterday trying to determine what sparked a fire that destroyed most of the Jackrabbit Inn outside Lake Placid Sunday night. Firefighters from more than a half-dozen departments were called to the motel, on State Route 73, after a passing motorist saw smoke coming from the building. As Chris Knight reports, the blaze also consumed the motel owner's home.  Go to full article

Spring fire season sparks brush blazes

State officials have raised the fire danger in the Adirondack North Country to "high." Local fire squads and forest rangers with the Department of Environmental Conservation have already battled more than a dozen brush fires from Altona in Clinton County to Argyle in Washington County. The biggest blaze burned fifty acres over the weekend in the Flat Rock State Forest in Clinton County. A fire on the summit of Cobble Mountain in Warren County drew more than fifty firefighters. Brian Mann checked in with forest ranger Captain John Streif, who says all open burning should stop until fire conditions change.  Go to full article

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