Wildfire on Alfred State College campus extinguished

A hillside fire that briefly lit up the sky over the Alfred State College campus Thursday night was at least the second grass fire in Allegany County in two days following a blaze that burned more than two acres in the Town of Grove Wednesday, public safety officials said. .

Also Wednesday, a trailer in Allegany County was destroyed after a garbage and brush burn spread to the nearby structure, fire officials said.

And while the New York state burn ban is set to expire Saturday the risk of grass fires will not. According to Allegany County Fire Coordinator Jeff Luckey, weather and ground conditions across much of the Southern Tier Region remain conducive to grass fires.

At the college, the Alfred and Alfred Station fire departments were dispatched for “the hillside on fire” shortly before 9 pm, a dispatcher at the county 911 Center said.

The fire was reported out about 15 minutes later.

Photos and video footage showed flames and smoke rising high between a parking lot and campus buildings.

On its Facebook page, the college posted there was a “small grass fire behind Peet and Braddon Halls from fireworks. Thanks to local volunteer firefighters it was quickly extinguished. “

The impact of the wildfire on the Alfred State College Campus left burnt remains on the ground adjacent to a parking lot on Friday, May 13, 2022.

There were no reports of injuries from the fire at Alfred State. The college did not immediately respond to emailed questions about the incident.

Grass and brush flare-ups kept firefighters on the other side of Allegany County busy Wednesday.

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