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Forest fire near Nye Mountain contained

October 14, 2016
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Members of multiple fire departments and state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers fought a wildfire in the area of Nye Mountain Thursday, Oct. 13.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, firefighters and forest rangers had left the area of the fire, returning to the Lake Placid station at 7 p.m., nearly eight hours after they were called out at 11:18 a.m.

Smoke was easily visible from Bear Cub Road Thursday afternoon, though no flames were visible. The Lake Placid station dispatch said the 2 to 3 acre fire was 98 percent contained as of Thursday night and that the fire did not spread much further than the ground at its location in the Street Range.

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Smoke from a wildfire can be seen beneath the clouds near Nye Mountain from Bear Cub Road in the town of North Elba Thursday, Oct. 13.
(News photo — Antonio Olivero)

A cause of the fire was not known as of Thursday night. Forest rangers planned to return to the scene this morning.

About a dozen firefighters and two forest rangers entered the forest near Bear Cub Road to fight the fire with 5-gallon "Indian Backpack" firefighting pumps and hand tools.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department head driver Matt Colby said firefighters weren't sure if the exact location of the fire was on Nye Mountain or another smaller nearby mountain. Colby said the fire was called in by a man who was helping to construct a house on Bear Cub Road.

Members of the Lake Placid, Wilmington and Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Departments were a part of the team that contained the wildfire.

Steve Brewster of Lake Placid watched the fire from about a quarter of a mile down on Bear Cub Road from where the firefighters had accessed the fire. He said he owns the closest hunting camp to the location of the fire. He said to out it out, firefighters and forest rangers would likely have to traverse the final mile-and-a-half over steep terrain without a trail.

"It's straight up and down," he said. "They are going to be grabbing trees to get up there. It's not like you're walking a trail."

Brewster said he watched the fire on Bear Cub Road for several hours, and it barely moved in that time. Brewster said it could have been caused by a hunter or an illegal hunting camp, adding that the location isn't far from the Northville-Placid Trail.

Brewster said aside from a couple of airplanes that have crashed into Nye Mountain, he couldn't remember a wildfire in the vicinity in his extended time camping and hunting in the area. He estimated the fire was located at 1,800 to 2,000 feet of elevation.

"There's nothing you can do," he said. "I just want to check it again and see what the situation is."



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