Cuomo Directs Emergency Personnel to Wildfire

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 07:55:57-04

ELLENVILLE N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed additional state emergency personnel to the wildfire at Sam's Point Preserve near Ellenville in Ulster County.

Governor Cuomo said “State emergency personnel have been working around the clock to contain this wildfire and protect the safety of New Yorkers.We continue to work with all local partners to stop this fire in its tracks, and I urge residents to stay clear of the affected area and remain alert and informed.”

Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico added, "State Police resources and personnel will continue to be available to our local and state partners to assist in battling this wildfire. We ask that the public remain vigilant, as dry conditions continue to pose a risk for additional wildfires."

State and local first responders are currently working to build a perimeter around the blaze, which has consumed approximately 300 acres to date, and continues to move south in a narrow band within the preserve.

Additionally, approximately 80 personnel from thirteen local fire departments and EMS services are actively engaged in battling the fire.