- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) - Firefighters in the Hudson Valley have been kept busy battling brush fires fueled by dry forest conditions and fanned by high winds.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/1lNClME ) that brush fires were reported Thursday in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland counties.

More than 20 fire companies fought a large fire that broke out in the woods straddling Moodna Creek in New Windsor in Orange County, where dead trees and blustery conditions spread the flames toward some neighborhoods.

About 15 miles west in Howells, fire officials say dozens of firefighters from six departments battled a brush for nearly four hours Thursday evening. Officials say the blaze destroyed up to five acres after being started by someone using fire to take the coating off copper wire.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com

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