Ex-Catskills resort goes up in flames; 50 acres burned

April 9, 2012 3:13:18 PM PDT
Authorities say a brush fire that destroyed or damaged dozens of buildings at a former Catskills resort was started by a man burning debris despite a ban on open burning.

Officials tell local media outlets that the fire erupted around 3 p.m. Saturday at the former Tamarack Lodge in the town of Wawarsing, in southwest Ulster County 75 miles northwest of New York City.

Dry conditions and high winds caused the fire to spread quickly across 50 acres, destroying the lodge and more than 30 other buildings, including several bungalows and homes. About 20 people living in the homes were evacuated.

It took more than 300 firefighters from four counties to get the blaze under control.

The 250-acre property is owned by the Western Mohegan tribe.

No one has been charged.

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