The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 6, 2013

Crews tame field fire

Medina Journal-Register — RIDGEWAY — Fire crews from Ridgway, Lyndonville, Barker, and Carlton worked to extinguish a field fire Sunday afternoon.

The fire, in a field off Ramshaw Road, featured smoke that could be seen at least as far as the north side of the Erie Canal on Route 63/North Gravel Road in Medina.

Town of Ridgeway Fire Chief Don Marchner said it appears the fire started from a pile of brush that was burned earlier in the week that was evidently not put out all the way. He said Sunday’s winds ignited some of the embers and it “jumped into the field.”

Marchner said the dispatchers noted winds were from the north/northeast at nine miles per hour.

The fire affected an area of “maybe five acres” according to Marchner’s estimate.

After the alarm sounded at 2:37 p.m., Marchner said each responding crew arrived with off-road vehicles to battle the blaze.

“They all were equipped with four-wheel-drive, water tanks, and portable pumps,” he said. Several firefighters used Indian Tanks, which are worn like backpacks and pressurized by hand, he added.

The fire was under control and extinguished by 4 p.m. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

Marchner cautioned against anyone wishing to do any open burning in the near future.

“Right now the state DEC has a red flag up and has banned open burning until further notice,” he said. “It’s a warning because of the dry weather.”

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