posted on July 22, 2011 07:45
Authorities blame the exhaust from a skid-loader for starting a massive fire at the Post Farm on the Batavia Elba Townline Road.
Farm hands initially used a garden hose yesterday afternoon in hopes of containing the fire in a hay storage barn.
But the dry straw went up like a match and within minutes, smoke billowed from the property and could be seen for miles.
Every fire department tanker truck in Genesee County along with additional equipment from Orleans and Wyoming County was pressed into the fire fighting effort.
It wasn’t just the size of the fire and the amount of fuel that made the fight difficult.
There is no public water along Townline Road; all of the water had to be trucked in.
Other than heat exhaustion, there were no injuries. No animals were harmed.
A water main break occurred early this morning in the city of Batavia. Residents along North Street between Bank and State may notice discolored water. Officials said the discolored water may also extend to Tracy Avenue. City Water Department crews are making repairs.
Another day of high heat and humidity for Genesee County.
There are, however, no heat warnings or advisories from the weather service.
Today’s high is forecast around 90.
Yesterday’s high in Rochester reached an official 98 degrees – a record.
According to new figures from the state Labor Department New York's unemployment rate has risen to eight percent last month for from seven-point-eight percent in May.
The Genesee County jobless rate fell from 7.1 percent in April to 6.7 percent in May.