Winds bringing early grass and brush fires to Allegany County

Posts from the Allegany County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page show fire scenes from Friendship, Allentown and Angelica during the past week.

Grass and brush fires have become a problem during the past week in Allegany County, with fire departments responding to at least three incidents, including along I-86 at Friendship today and Allentown and Angelica last week, the latter impacting some 7.5 acres.

In addition three barns were destroyed east of Silver Springs in Wyoming County Wednesday when sparks from a maple syrup arch were reported to be blown accidentally into a pile of straw, starting the fire which then was whipped to other structures due to strong winds. Over 20 fire departments were involved in fighting that blaze.

The annual New York State outdoor Burn Ban doesn’t go into effect until March 16, running through May 14, but windy conditions are forecast to continue for at least four days this week.

Check our exclusive Allegany Hope Weather Resources page at on this website or through the link in the left column of this page for a mixture of weather this week, along with other forecast information for the region.