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Huge Marsh/Cat Tail Fire in Alexandria Bay !
Posted Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 11:51:37 PM     Alexandria Bay, NY 1000 Islands
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Tonight there was a huge Marsh/Cat Tail fire near Alexandria Bay.. between Goose Bay and Cranberry Creek actually.. at times the flames were probably 40 foot high and fire as wide as a football field maybe?.. the fire spread over a really long area. every fire department you could imagine was there.. smoke filled the air.. when I left at 11 pm the fire was not only still going in the marsh, but ashes were coming down like snow miles away..

I don't have details on how the fire started.. we just know the cat tails are really dry from the warm weather and the water level is lower than usual. At 10:30pm I was told no structures had been consumed by fire.. I suspect the hard work of early responders had much to do with that because I know the fire got too close for comfort to some of the homes back in there..

Still going when I left it seemed like the fire had almost run it's course.. provided no acts of nature pushed it further.. for example across the creek towards the bay where there is a lot of wooded area..

If I hear more I will post it.. if you know more leave a comment..  AWESOME JOB TOO BY ALL EMERGENCY PERSONAL THAT RESPONDED..

UPDATE: as of midnight the fire is out ! No structures damaged.. they were able to keep it contained to just the marsh and finally put it out

UPDATE.. fire apparently started because of a burning barrel..



WATCH THE VIDEO..














FIRE LOCATION ON MAP NOT EXACT BY ANY MEANS... JUST BASICALLY SHOWING YOU THE AREA FOLKS..







Pictures of the blaze from earlier in the night sent in by Steven Jarvis.. thx Steve..











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