Tioga County Brush Fire Burns 20 Acres
Officials are investigating the cause of a large brush fire in Tioga County April 13 that drew firefighters from over a dozen departments.
The blaze in an area stretching from Route 17C to Tilbury Road and Day Hollow Road in Campville was reported at around 12:30 p.m. and prompted Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci to declare a State of Emergency.
It’s estimated 20 acres were charred. There were no injuries. The State of Emergency was lifted Sunday evening after the fire was out.
Officials say they were hampered by a lack of a water supply combined with strong winds.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had issued a moderate brush and grass fire danger risk over the weekend and a state-wide ban on open burning is in effect.
Officials say there may be charges filed by the DEC if it is determined someone deliberately started the fire.