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Brush burns north of Dee Bennett Road

Posted by wlpo on May 30, 2014

The I and M Canal was one fire, sort of. Brush growing in the canal bed west of the Buffalo Rock entrance caught fire Thursday afternoon. There isn’t water in that part of the canal.

Utica and Wallace firefighters were able to put it out. Smoke could be seen from several miles away.  Utica Fire Chief Ben Brown says it may have been sparked by a passing train or combustion from decomposing vegetation.

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