State Police have charged Roger Buckman, a Victor resident, with second-degree reckless endangerment and cited him for violating the state burn ban after a massive brush fire Sunday afternoon.
The blaze burned through 30 acres of land.
New York State Police, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ontario County District Attorney’s Office are all working together on the investigation as it continues.
First responders from around Ontario County responded to the large brush fire in Victor near Route 251.
State Police evacuated two residences nearby as a precaution, according to Public Information Officer Mark O’Donnell.
The fire resulted in the temporary closure of Route 251 as first responders dealt with the scene.
Smoke could be seen for miles away.
— SJ Green (@greensj) April 7, 2019
Police called the fire ‘significant’. The report came in around 3 p.m.. Route 251 was shut down around 3:45 p.m., and by 4:30 p.m. the blaze was brought under control.
Residential brush burning is currently prohibited across the state. That said, police believe someone started burning brush; and that fire grew out of control.
New York State DEC were on-scene during the afternoon investigating.
Evacuated homeowners were allowed to return to their homes.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Victor and Fishers Fire Departments working a large brush fire just south of Rt 251 between Oak Ridge Dr & Cork Rd. Fishers chief says fire appears to have started when resident’s controlled burn got out of control. Approximately 4 acres have burned. #ROC #VictorNY @SPECNewsROC pic.twitter.com/1BQK56PsxB
— Jeff Hamson (@ROC_NewsPhotog) April 7, 2019
FDs from @IAFF_4907 , @VictorFiredept, Cheshire, E Bloomfield, Mendon and Farmington are on scene of brush fire w trucks and ATVs, along w Victor Farmington Ambulance, @nyspolice and @OntarioSheriff @messengerpost pic.twitter.com/ppBZJcJVSm
— Melody Burri Media (@MelodyBurri) April 7, 2019
April 7, 2019. Fishers Fire Department @IAFF_4907 with East Bloomfield Fire, Victor Fire and other surrounding departments with a brush fire in the area of 251 and Cork Rd. @OntarioFireWire @mcfw pic.twitter.com/B2qMGzDLSq
— _jolene (@jolenegillette) April 7, 2019