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Ulster Fire in Upstate New York only 15 percent contained; 3 other fires rage

by Bobby Welber, Hudson Valley Post |

Minnewaska State Park remains closed today as officials continue to battle two fires in New York's Ulster County, about 85 miles north of New York City.

The Napanoch Point Fire in Minnewaska State Park Preserve is only about 15 percent contained. That’s according to the latest update from Ulster County officials, which was before Tuesday night’s rain.

However, before the storm, the DEC said only slow steady rain would put out the blaze.

Officials say the fire in Napanoch Point Fire has scorched roughly 130 to 150 acres of land.

"The Napanoch Point Fire in Minnewaska State Park Preserve is estimated to be about 130-150 acres. Containment is currently estimated to be 15 percent. Emergency responders are working in rugged terrain with good coordination from local, state and international teams," Ulster County Government said in an update around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Ulster County officials also confirmed three lighting strikes started the wildfire.