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Wildfires Plague North Country

Local fire squads and New York state forest rangers across the North Country have responded to more than a hundred grass and forest fires this spring. Light rain, combined with a thin snow pack and high winds have left many areas tinder dry. Fire experts say most of the wildfires have been triggered by burn barrels or by people setting fire to chaff in their fields. A ban on open burning went into effect yesterday in St. Lawrence County. Fire officials in the rest of the region are strongly discouraging people from setting open flames. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake Placid Lodge broke out some time after 9 o'clock. There were no injuries. The main structure also suffered smoke and water damage. The Lodge -- first built in 1882 -- was one of the Adirondacks' premier luxury hotels, attracting famous guests including Britney Spears and Bill Gates. As Brian Mann reports, the fire could leave some of the resort's employees out of work just as the busy holiday season gets underway.  Go to full article
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire

Lodge Gave A Home To Local Art

Artists around the north country are mourning the loss of the Lake Placid Lodge. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Arsonist Hits Adirondack Camps

Last month, an arsonist set fire to another historic hunting cabin owned by the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. The Club owns more than fifty thousand acres in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties. The organization, with four hundred members, is seventh-largest landowner inside the blue line. Since 2000, six of their most remote cabins have burned mysteriously. The Club's general manager, Egan Willard, spoke with Brian Mann. He says there have been two attacks this year.

Anyone with information can call the state police in Herkimer at 315-866-7275. State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are also investigating an unrelated case of possible arson in Franklin County, where two bridges were damaged on the former Champion timberlands.  Go to full article

Local Fire Crews Return from Massive Quebec Blazes

21 New York forest rangers and assistant forest rangers returned late last night from northern Quebec. They spent the last two weeks helping to fight dozens of wild fires that have burned nearly two million acres in the region around James Bay. The New York crew included veteran firefighters from across the north country. Brian Mann spoke with Rob Praczkajlo, a forest ranger based in Jay.  Go to full article

Watertown Firefighters Told Not to Photograph Fires

One of the biggest Watertown fires in recent memory took place earlier this month. It started at a machine shop at the former Black Cawson site. The oil-soaked old warehouse burned so hot that it melted fire hoses and burned for two days. Firefighters spent from July 2nd to July 4th at the scene.

During those two days, some firefighters took photographs of the fire. The photos were posted to a firefighters' website, where they attracted attention from the public. Now Watertown Fire Chief Daniel Gaumont has banned all firefighters from taking casual photos at fire scenes. He spoke to Gregory Warner about why.  Go to full article

Dry Conditions Spark More Burn Bans

Franklin County is the latest to issue a ban on burning trash or debris outdoors. St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties also have bans in place. Nearly two weeks with little or no rainfall and lots of sun have led to hundreds of brush fires across the North Country. Volunteer fire departments are being stretched thin. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Warns Against Burning

St. Lawrence County is asking its residents not to burn grass or trash outside until conditions get wetter. Almost 30 fires burned out of control in just two days in the county. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fire Strikes Tupper Lake

A major fire hit downtown Tupper Lake Monday, leveling two businesses on Park Street. Fire crews from around the region were called in to battle the blaze. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: To Build (yet another) Fire

It may be no mystery to a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but commentator Fred Schneider, a recent transplant to the region, found that there is much to learn about making a good fire.  Go to full article

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