STUYVESANT — Ten fire companies from Columbia and Rensselaer counties were involved in fighting a large brush fire Monday afternoon in Stuyvesant.

More than 6 1/2 acres of land burned in the blaze, Stuyvesant Fire Chief Steve Montie said.

At about 4:09 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Stuyvesant Fire Company to the area of 255 Ridge Road after receiving reports of the fire.

When the first firefighters arrived on the scene and saw how large the fire had grown, fire officials immediately requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring fire companies.

A request was also made for brush fighting equipment.

The area that was burning is swampy and created muddy conditions for firefighters and their vehicles.

Many of the responding fire trucks parked on Ridge Road.

The majority of the firefighting was done using utility terrain vehicles and by hand, Montie said.

Firefighters were also able to use hoses from some of the vehicles on Ridge Road.

Extremely helpful to firefighters was a drone with a thermal imaging camera that was provided by state police on the scene, Montie said.

“The drone was able to locate hot spots and areas of the fire that required more attention,” Montie said.

One fire truck became stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out by a tractor from neighboring Dutch Hollow Farm, Montie said.

Traffic on Ridge road was limited due to all the firefighting equipment on the scene.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.

Crews were able to get the fire under control after about an hour, and then began checking for any areas where it may begin again.

The fire was determined to have started when the field was being brush hogged. It’s believed the mower struck a rock which sparked the fire, Montie said.

There were no reported injuries, Montie said.

Companies that assisted Stuyvesant, either at the scene or on stand-by, were Stuyvesant Falls, Kinderhook, Niverville, Stockport, Valatie, Castleton, Schodack Landing, South Schodack and Stottville.

Also assisting at the scene were Valatie Rescue Squad and state police.

All fire companies were back in service at 5:45 p.m.

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