T he New York State Department of Environmental Conservation used a helicopter to extinguish a forest fire on Elephant Mountain in Dresden last Wednesday.
A group of local firefighters and forest rangers hiked into the area of the blaze, which is located just west of Huletts Landing.
Smoke was reported seen around 11:30 a.m. and members of the Huletts Landing and Dresden Fire Departments went out on Lake George to better determine the exact location of the blaze. Once they determined the location, they plotted it on a map and contacted the state.
After DEC arrived and evaluated the blaze, the decision was made to bring in a helicopter with a large water bucket. The bucket was used to dump water from Lake George onto the blaze.
It took 14 water drops to put out the fire and the blaze was extinguished around 6:30 p.m. Officials estimate less than an acre was burned.
It’s believed the fire was caused by a lightning strike.