Brush fire swept through Somers on Sunday afternoon


Photo credit: Somers Volunteer Fire Department

Just before 3PM Sunday afternoon, a brush fire developed on Route 116 in Somers, caused by downed power lines. A combination of low humidity and high wind gusts yesterday created dangerous conditions that contributed to the emergency. The Somers Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the rapidly growing fire. Firefighters on scene had to wait for the power company to respond to ensure the power was out before attempting to extinguish the fire. Units operated for approximately four hours before returning to service.

Firefighters battle the blaze along Route 116. Photo courtesy of Somers Volunteer Fire Department.

Mutual aid resources were called in to assist, with support provided by Somers EMS,  the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, Golden's Bridge Fire Department, Bedford Hills Fire Department andKatonah Fire Department. TheYorktown Heights Volunteer FD andMahopac Volunteer Fire Department assisted with other calls that came in to the Somers Fire District while crews were battling the brush fire.

Jonathan Mackey, chief of department for the Somers Fire District, said, "it was definitely a team effort as brush fires are difficult to manage and extinguish. We are very grateful for the help from the surrounding departments."

Photo courtesy of Somers Volunteer Fire Department.

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