Forest fire spreading in Northern New York

Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 12:40 PM EDT
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Crews in Northern New York are struggling to get a forest fire under control.

The blaze in Altona started Thursday and it is spreading quickly. More than 320 acres have been charred so far.

The smoke can be seen in Vermont.

More than 120 firefighters from across New York, Vermont and Quebec have been battling the flames in the Altona Flat Rock State Forest. Vermont crews had also been on the scene. Firefighters are using four-wheelers to get to the blaze, which is also causing problems. Five helicopters are also being used to help douse the flames.

Officials say it could take as long as a week to knock down the flames.

The cause of the fire isn't known yet. An investigation will take place once the fire is out.

The state parks around Altona have been shut down for the weekend. The Department of Environmental Conservation asks people to limit their burning this weekend. They say with as many resources as they are using to fight the forest fire, they don't want to worry about other potential fires.

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