68 Acres Burn In Edwards, Woman Ticketed

68 Acres Burn In Edwards, Woman Ticketed

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation ticketed 35 year old Emily Joyce, address unknown, for alleged illegal open burning and illegal disposal solid waste.

The open burning allegedly caused a fire that burned dozens of acres in the St. Lawrence County town of Edwards.

Barbara Finley watched firefighters battling the blaze near her home. An entire swamp just hundreds of feet away was on fire.

“They were spraying my backyard with water and stuff right along in here. So that way if it come up over that hill just a little bit, they could get it before it got the house. We wouldn't want to lose it," she said.

It got worse. The fire leaped over a ridge and 68 acres of forest were burned. State forest rangers were still working deep in the woods Monday. They said the fire was 70 percent contained. Edwards Fire Chief Richard Anson says it's hard work.

“You're carrying packs in. You're carrying chain saws in. It's all a ridged area and swampy area and everything is getting carried in by hand to get to it,” he said.

Firefighters say the fire started on a property at 28 Ames Road at the swamp's edge. Flames were six feet high as the blaze ripped across this swamp.

One danger firefighters and rangers faced throughout the day were old talc mine shafts, including one about 50-feet deep. These dangers lurked all around and under them.

State forest rangers are expected to be back at work in the woods on Tuesday.

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