Altona wildfire triggers swift response

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ALTONA, N.Y. (WCAX) A wildfire in Altona, New York, Sunday triggered a large response from area departments.

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The Altona Fire Department was called out Sunday evening for a brush fire on Jerusalem Road near the logging entrance. Several other departments responded into the night to help knock down the flames.

Officials say gusty winds, dry conditions, and logging debris helped the fire spread to about three to four acres. They say It was started from a local landowners campfire that was not fully extinguished.

A wildlfire in Altona last year burned from June 12 to August 9 and scorched 547 acres of the Flat Rock State Forest. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation still does not know who is responsible.