County fire crews respond to multiple brush fires


Special to the OBSERVER

SHERIDAN – Brush fire season has officially hit Chautauqua County.

Firefighters in Sheridan battled two fires Sunday morning, the larger on Route 39. Firefighters from Sheridan and Forestville were summoned to the brush fire, while members of the Chautauqua County Fire Police Team were dispatched as well.

Aaron Brinkman, Sheridan’s fire chief said the fire department was called around 5:20 a.m.

“Two houses were nearby but we were able to knock down the fire quickly,” Brinkman said.

Tony Faso, northern Chautauqua County first battalion coordinator, said wind and dry grass were factors, but did not release a cause of the fire.

“We are in brush fire season, which goes from March through May,” Faso said. “But we really don’t know what started the fire here. It’s still under investigation.”

He added, “There was some wind out there, and it did have an impact.”

Sheridan firefighters also responded to a smaller brush fire on Sunday, as did crews from Brocton and Portland. According to Brinkman, this one was in back of Olson Living (formerly Olson Motel) on Route 20 in Sheridan.

“This was a small one,” said Brinkman, “Just a few pieces of kindling.”

No one was injured in either fire.

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Diane R. Chodan, staff writer at the OBSERVER contributed to this report.