ST. HUBERTS - State forest rangers enlisted the help of a state police helicopter and crew today to battle a small forest fire on a remote Adirondack High Peak.
The fire was on Sawteeth Mountain on the privately owned Adirondack Mountain Reserve property in the town of Keene. Sawteeth is one of the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks. State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said just before noon today that the fire had burned about a tenth of an acre.
A state police helicopter was used to dump large buckets of water, taken from Lower AuSable Lake, onto the blaze. A command post for the operation was set up at Marcy Field in Keene Valley.
A fire burns today on Sawteeth Mountain in the town of Keene, as seen from Lower AuSable Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
"Right now it's small," Winchell said. "The big effort is because it's in a steep area. It's a hard one to get to."
The blaze was sparked by an unattended or improperly extinguished campfire, Winchell said.
Warm weather and dry conditions have led to numerous grass, brush and forest fires around the region so far this summer, particularly in the last week.
As of this morning, Winchell said there have been 15 wildland fires in the Adirondacks that have burned 23.1 acres since July 1. Four fires that burned 6.4 acres are still considered active, and three of the four are in patrol status, including last week's fire along the railroad tracks between Ray Brook and Lake Placid.
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(Editor's note: The previous reference to "Sawtooth" Mountain has been corrected to Sawteeth.)