Updated 04/08/2012 10:29 AM
Massive fire at Tamarack Lodge visible for miles
Thirty buildings, hundreds of firefighters, and a scene that was visible for miles. Our Christian Farrell has more on a fire from Greenfield Park, where firefighters remain on the scene this morning.
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The smoke billowing high above Route 52 just outside the Village of Ellenville late Saturday afternoon can be seen for miles.
According to Ulster County fire officials 30 buildings on the former Tamarack Lodge property catch fire. To make matters worse, two separate brush fires break out.
It's a scene that draws hundreds of firefighters from neighboring counties of Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan Counties to try and keep this fire from getting out of control.
Dave Meade, a NYS Forest Ranger said, “All the shingles and stuff were carried by the high-winds and it dumped a whole bunch of spot fires here all the way across at several locations. We didn't even know this one until we flew over and spotted it. This one looks like maybe it's 10 acres."
While state forest rangers work the woods…
Park Ranger, Greg Tyrrell said, “Right now it's a good time to get a handle on this thing. You know we got a lot of personnel from all over, so we should get a handle on it pretty quickly."
Back at the Ellenville Fire House firefighters continue to return from fighting the lodge fire. They get some much needed nourishment, and then they're out the door to get back to work.
Charles Mutz, Ulster County Chief Fire Coordinator said, “The main part of the facility is on the ground. I've sent an excavator up to the sight to my deputy and the incident commander up there. We have two aerial operations going at this point just to cool it down."
Families in six bungalows destroyed by the fire need to evacuated according to officials
Route 52 has now been reopened.