Friday, March 28, 2008
New cistern helps extinguish Oak Knoll brush fire
For over three and a half hours last Saturday afternoon, two engine companies battled an out-of-control brush fire at 26 Oak Knoll Road. The fire fighters used the new cistern at 28 Oak Knoll Road, and drew 4,700 gallons of water from it to control the fire; this was the first time the cistern had been used.There was no major property damage, but a small shed was lost in the fire, which was confined to a 50-by-100-foot area.
Fire Chief Dave Flannery said this was a permitted fire and the homeowner called for help when the wind whipped up dry leaves that burned and spread the blaze. Doug Stevenson, Selectman and volunteer fire fighter, was quoted as saying that despite the recent rains the woods were very dry, a fact that Flannery says is caused by the lack of leaf cover and high winds.
Most residents know that they need to get an open burning permit at the police station for outdoor burning and that they need to call in to notify police on the day they intend to burn. What they often do not know, Flannery says, is that outdoor burning can be suspended if conditions change, and that the correct call-back number (cellphone or the land-line number for the residence) can be of critical importance. Flannery also stressed the importance of having the fire completely extinguished by 4 p.m., with no red embers left. (Fire department open burning regulations are included in a press release on page 11.) ∆
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