A fire described as the most serious in the Adirondacks in decades raged out of control Sunday across more than 75 acres of woods.
The blaze changed from a ground fire to a crown fire, meaning that the up-to-200-foot flames jumped from treetop to treetop on the High Peaks mountains. That made it too dangerous for firefighters working from the ground, so control efforts were limited to dumping water from helicopters. A helicopter from Maine was expected to assist as well.
The fire started Thursday as the result of an improperly extinguished camp fire, according to Ray Thatcher, Essex County Emergency Services director.
"We've had bigger fires, but never as dangerous as this," he said.
Several other smaller fires blazed in the wooded region that Thatcher described as a "tinderbox" because of drought conditions.