A fire broke out at Rocky Pass in Prospect Park’s ravine on Tuesday afternoon, and a witness says he saw a group of teenagers running from the scene, according to A Walk In The Park.
At about 2:45 p.m., bird watcher Rob Jett told the blog that he heard a group of teenagers “fooling around,” then saw smoke and flames in the underbrush after they fled the area.
Prospect Park Alliance employees quickly responded, as well as a crew from landscape management with shovels and rakes. The NYPD arrived shortly after to help, says A Walk In The Park, while the FDNY was delayed because they weren’t familiar with the location in the park.
"Luckily, between landscape management workers creating a fire break and police officers with several small fire extinguishers, they were able to keep the fire from spreading through the entire woodlands at the Ravine,” Jett told the blog. “By the time FDNY arrived it was just smoldering with no open flames.”
Local wildlife rehabilitator Anne-Katrin Titze told Patch that the fire is “another indication of the need for enforcement in the park daily.”