- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Fire crews have almost completely contained that pesky forest fire in New York’s lower Hudson Valley region.

Damp weather conditions Tuesday night and early Wednesday allowed firefighters to improve containment of the fire along Shawangunk Ridge that has burned through four square miles of state forest land over four days.

State officials say just over 100 firefighters are going back out Thursday to continue efforts to extinguish what remains of the blaze, which is 90 percent contained.

Temperatures are expected to rise and dry, windy conditions are forecast for the next few days. That’s expected to create conditions similar to Monday and Tuesday, when the fire intensified.

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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