Varna, N.Y. — Several fire departments are working to put out a spreading brush fire in the Tompkins County town of Freeville.


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The Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center says the blaze is a “large brush fire” in the woods.

The fire was reported in the area of the 500 block of Ringwood Road. A helicopter was called to evaluate the extent of the fire, but was later cancelled, according to emergency dispatchers.

Among the agencies called to the scene: Dryden firefighters, Cayuga Heights firefighters and McLean firefighters.

The 911 center also wrote on its Facebook page that the fire should be thought of in the context of the current “state-wide burn ban.”

“Crews are currently fighting a brush fire in the Town of Dryden. Please DO NOT HAVE ANY OPEN BURNS! We are currently under a RED FLAG WARNING FOR CRITICAL FIRE CONDITIONS. The Ban is in effect until May 15th.”

We’ll provide updates if we learn more.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.