Birding and natural history in the New York City region - primarily.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Inwood Hill Park - Apr 21 - afternoon brush fire
Walking home from the 207th Street A train stop I couldn't help but notice several helicopters hovering overhead. As I walked past the baseball fields along Seaman Ave I spotted the smoke rising from the north end of the ridge not far from the bridge toll booths. Coming down Indian Road, I could see flames from the brush fire. After dropping stuff at home, Ann and i went back out to investigate. By that time the NYC Fire Dept. was clearly engaged in a minor mopping up operation. There was a brief flare-up in the leaf litter that was quickly put out by a fireman with a carried extinguisher. We could see water being sprayed from a hose higher on the ridge to wet down smoldering areas.