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NY Park Fire Contained; Burned Nearly 600 Acres

A fire that burned nearly 600 acres of a New York state park has been contained.  More from WAMC's Dave Lucas…

A Parks Department spokesman says no flames were seen Wednesday morning when the incident commander made a flyover of Harriman State Park.

Spokesman Peter Brancato also says there was no evidence of fire spreading in the steep and rocky terrain. He says the fire consumed 550 to 600 acres.

Dry weather has helped spark several brush fires in the area. Rangers established a containment line around the blaze on Tuesday and burned off some brush to fight the spread.

No homes have been damaged or threatened by the fire, which erupted Monday afternoon. No injuries have been reported.

The park straddles Rockland and Orange counties. It's about 46 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

Dave Lucas, WAMC News. 

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.