Investigation underway into brush fire

By Erika Mahoney

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 5:12 AM EST

Town of Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Over 100 firefighters struggled to control a working brush fire in the town of Owego Sunday.

The woods fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. behind 899 Tilbury Hill Rd. and in the area of State Route 17C. It was under control around 6:00 p.m., according to the Campville Fire Department.

There is no known cause of the fire yet. An investigation is underway by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forrest Rangers.

According to the Tioga County Fire Coordinator, over 100 firefighters from 15 fire departments in Broome and Tioga County responded. No one was injured.

The fire burned approximately 21 acres. Other than woodland, there was no property damaged.

Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr. declared a State of Emergency in the town around 4:30 p.m.

"I hereby direct all town departments to take whatever steps necessary to protect the life, property, public infrastructure and any other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary," Castellucci wrote.

He lifted the statement around 8:00 p.m.

Crews struggled to reach the fire at first, which was located deep in the woods.

They focused on trying to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby home, and were successful in that.

The New York State Department of Conservation issued a moderate brush and grass fire danger risk Sunday.

Sunday's winds spread the fire quickly. Brush fires are common this time of year.

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