GRAND ISLAND, NY (WKBW) A dry winter was enough to help ignite a fire at Buckhorn Island State Park right off the North Grand Island bridge when a transmission line came crashing down.
"It would flare up and then the fire would die down as it burned through the very dry brush that's on top of the marshy area and then it progressed throughout much of the marsh, several acres," explained Assistant Chief Mark Sadkowski of the Grand Island Fire Company.
The Grand Island Fire Company and New York State Parks Police got the first call shortly before 3:00 p.m. Friday and at least six hours later the blaze was still burning.
Traffic on the 190N was stalled for several hours.
At the height of the fire flames soared 15 to 20 feet in the air and continued to char through the marshlands coming dangerously close to traffic.
First responders used water to prevent flames from entering into oncoming traffic however, Sadkowski says this type of fire has to die out on its own while officers make residents aren't in harms way.
No one was injured in the fire. National Grid is still trying to determine how the transmission line came down but they say no customers lost service.
National Grid will return to the site tomorrow to restore the line.