Field fire spreads to 30 acres of land in Marilla

MARILLA, N.Y. (WIVB)Firefighters battled a huge field fire in Marilla Saturday for over 3 hours. 

Fire officials told News 4 the fire started just after 2 pm Saturday and covered about 30 acres of land.

A man living at the house near the field was burning paper and garbage in a barrel and the wind picked up the fire which set the hay on fire. The fire even spread to parts of the woods.

About 15 different fire companies responded to the fire with about 75 to 100 firefighters. 

Officials said it took them 3 hours to put out the fire, but it could have been out much quicker if they had more man power and if the weather conditions were different.

“First of all, you shouldn’t be burning in dry weather and when it’s a windy day, you shouldn’t be burning at all. According to state law, if you’re going to burn you have to have fire suppression and you have to maintain a fire until it’s out. The gentleman started the fire and went into the house,” said George Gertz, Marilla Volunteer Fire Department.

Gertz said this fire could have been a lot worse than it was. No one was injured.

Both directions of Route 354 were shut down, but it has since been reopened.

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