East Conway Brush Fire

by Cooper on April 24, 2013

in News

THE CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT AND SEVERAL OTHERS RESPONDED TO HELP EAST CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT A QUICKLY MOVING BRUSHFIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON.

RAY LEAVITT SAYS UNITS RESPONDED TO A PRIVATE FARM FIELD OFF GREEN HILL ROAD AROUND 2:30 P.M.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE REPORT HE GOT INDICATES THE FIRE STARTED AFTER TWO MEN FIRING TRACER ROUNDS FROM AUTOMATIC RIFLES FOR TARGET PRACTICE IGNITED THE DRY SURFACE OF THE FIELD.

DESPITE THE MOSTLY DRY CONDITIONS, THERE WERE MUDDY AREAS WHERE FIRE TRUCKS GOT TEMPORARILY STUCK WHILE TRYING TO MANEUVER.

LEAVITT SAYS CONDITIONS WERE WINDY AND THE FIRE EVENTUALLY BURNED OVER 50 ACRES BEFORE BEING PUT OUT.

EAST CONWAY FIRE CHIEF RICHARD MARR SAYS WEEKS BROOK ACTED AS A NATURAL FIRE BREAK THAT HELPED STOP THE FLAMES. HE ALSO CREDITS THE LANDOWNER FOR USING NEARBY LOGGING EQUIPMENT TO HELP BUILD FIRE LINES.

NO ONE WAS HURT AND NO HOMES WERE DAMAGED.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM NORTH CONWAY, REDSTONE, SACO VALLEY, FRYEBURG, LOVELL, BROWNFIELD AND DENMARK ALSO ASSISTED.

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