Lake Placid firefighters extinguish grass fire

LAKE PLACID – Firefighters extinguished a small grass fire here Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service warns that dry conditions could fuel brush fires.

The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported motor vehicle fire in a field off Adirondack Loj Road at 2 p.m. with three trucks and 13 members. Firefighters said they believe a malfunction caused the vehicle to backfire, which in turn caused the grass nearby to catch fire.

Firefighters used about 600 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, which consumed an approximately 100-foot-by-200-foot section of the field. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were able to remove the vehicle from the field and it sustained only minor damage, according to the department.

Crews were back in service by 2:50 p.m.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s website says fire danger across the state is “high” as of today. Additionally, the National Weather Service warned this morning that recent weather patterns have “created unsafe burning conditions” and that brush fire across northern New York can be dangerous.

“A prolonged period without rain has caused the primary fuels for wildland fires … to become dangerously dry,” the special weather statement reads.