On Tuesday, white smoke was seen coming from multiple small brush fires that went spiraling up from Central Park.
Authorities have said they’re investigating the possibility that arson was to blame, and that the fires may have been intentional. . Video posted to social media showed smoke drifting above the trees over a broad area. Multiple pockets of fire were extinguished and there were no injuries, the fire department said.
Firefighters responded to the park’s Northern Woods section at around 1:30 p.m, and people in the area told authorities someone had been seen lighting a fire, according to the New York Police Department.
“We’re going to take the approach that they were intentionally set,” Fire Department spokesman Jim Long told multiple news outlets.
Luckily, the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park, said inspections showed no serious damage, and the material burned included mulch and leaves, with some shrubbery getting charred, but no trees were damaged, the organization said.