Police & Fire

Mahopac FD Knocks Down Brush Fire Along Putnam Trailway

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Firefighter Elena Nikisher tamps out the flames along the trailway’s chain-link fence. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-At a little past 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, firefighters from the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 911 call for a brush fire along the Putnam Trailway bike path off Weber Hill Road.

With dry leaves, branches and high winds, the fire could have spread throughout the wooded area quickly without the rapid response of the first responders.

“It definitely had the potential to spread,” said Ed Scott, chair of the Mahopac Board of Fire Commissioners, who was at the scene.

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However, Scott said, homes along Weber Hill Road were safe because lawns are still green and would have likely repelled any encroachment.

Scott said the fire encompassed an area about 10 feet by 25 feet and ran along the metal railings on that section of the trail. He said the cause of the blaze was undetermined.

“When we got there, there were a lot of leaves burning but we couldn’t find anything [that caused it],” he said. “There were no obvious signs like a cigarette butt or anything.”

Scott said first responders had to remove the barriers at the Weber Hill crosswalk in order for trucks to enter the Trailway and get to the fire, which was extinguished relatively quickly.

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