SHERIDAN – Four fires in wooded, rural areas kept firefighters in northern Chautauqua County busy this morning.
The largest of the fires was in the town of Sheridan on Route 39. The call went out at about 5:30 a.m. and kept Route 30 closed from Center to Walnut roads for two and a half hours. Tony Faso, northern Chautauqua County fire battalion coordinator, said the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, Forestville Fire Department and Chautauqua County Fire Police were all called to the scene.
Faso said that the fire came near a couple of structures but that the firefighters kept the blaze contained to brush, grass and some woods.
Faso said there were three additional calls before 10 a.m. today. He said Sheridan responded to a second grass fire and firefighters were also called out in Brocton and Portland. Unusual dry conditions in the rural areas and very strong winds contributed to the fires. The cause of the fire on Route 39 is under investigation. No injuries were reported.