- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A light overnight rain and a bit more precipitation on Wednesday is helping contain a forest fire at the southern edge of the Catskill Mountains.

Public information officer Brendan Hagen at the Kimble Hose Company in Ellenville says a light drizzle Wednesday morning and less wind has helped crews get the fire 76 percent contained. The fire started at mid-day Sunday in the Town of Mamakating and now has affected nearly 2,300 acres in the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest region.

Hagen says just over 100 firefighters from several upstate New York counties are on the ground working. He says the fire is holding steady and not expanding.

The blaze, about 100 miles north of New York City, is believed to have been started by a homeowner burning debris outdoors.

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