Officials Say Large Brush Fires Burning in Rockland County
Several brush fires have already been burning across New York state, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as thousands of acres of land have gone up in flames since earlier in the week. New Jersey has seen some of its biggest fires in years, as crews have worked day and night to contain multiple blazes over heavily forested land and rough terrain.
More Fires Breaking Out
While some relief may finally be in sight by weekend, there are still reports of brush fires breaking out across areas, including the Hudson Valley. Areas in Orange, Dutchess and Ulster have already experienced wildfires, and now what is being described as a "major fire" has broken out in Rockland.
Fires in the Hudson Valley Region
ABC is reporting that multiple brush fires have broken out in Rockland County, and officials are evacuating residents in some areas. Investigators say that preliminary information says a CSX train may have sparked embers which lit the blaze, as posted by NBC.
NBC says that some structures have been engulfed by the blaze, and that the fire was still intensifying as of Friday afternoon.
The Rockland County Sheriff's Office is asking for people to avoid areas on 9W through Clarkstown, Stony Point, Haverstraw, Village of Haverstraw, Village of West Haverstraw if possible.
This story is still developing.
Weekend Cool Off
A chance for rain will return by Saturday afternoon with cooler weather, according to TWC. Highs Saturday will reach the mid 70s, with a chance for showers by late day and through the night. Sunday will bring temps in the low 70s, under cloudy skies.
Looking ahead, temperatures through next week should range from the upper 50s to near 70. There will be a chance for rain early in the week, though the record-high temps should stay away as it will feel more like the month of April again.