Departments Respond To Large Brush Fire In Cattaraugus County

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CONEWANGO – Around 20 acres were burned during a brush fire in Cattaraugus County on Monday afternoon.

Chief Tim Lipscomb with the Conewango Fire Department tells WNY News Now firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a field off John Darling Road.

In total, eight departments responded around 4:15 p.m., using six ATV to access the field.

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The fire, Lipscomb says, at one point threatened a nearby home. No injuries were reported.

Lipscomb reports an Amish man set the blaze, violating the statewide burn ban.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, violators could face criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.

The DEC, Lipscomb, was also called to the scene to investigate the blaze.

This is not the first fire that broke the burn in the last day. According to fire dispatch logs, nearly a half a dozen brush fires have occurred throughout the area in the last 24-hours.


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