CARROLL, NY (WNY News Now) – Around a half-a-dozen late season brush fires kept first responders in Chautauqua County busy.
From the Town of Hanover, to Sherman, to Frewsburg crews had their hands full on Thursday afternoon.
The first fire broke out around 1 p.m. off of Bragg Road in the Town of Carroll, where a man suffered minor burns as a result.
While what sparked flames remains under investigation by the New York State DEC, Frewsburg Fire Chief Justin Martin tells us seeing a brush fire this late in the season is pretty rare.
Unseasonal weather likely led to this fire’s rapid spread. Marin believes the blaze was contained to only an acre of land, thanks in part to the quick work by his firefighters.
ATVs also helped get water to the fire, since it was difficult to reach the wooded area in question.
“A lot of these ATVs that we have right now, are equipped with their own water source,” explained Chief Marin. “So that helps to get ahead of the fire, and at least help knock it down while we get a water source set up.”
In addition to burned up vegetation, an outbuilding, tractor and four-wheeler were destroyed as a result of the blaze. Luckily, nearby homes were not impacted. However, if crews did not get on scene as fast as they did, officials say things could have been much worse.