BARTLETT WOODS FIRE BURNS MORE THAN AN ACRE SATURDAY

by Christian Mower on April 9, 2012

VERY DRY – AND VERY WINDY.

THOSE WERE THE CONDITIONS THE ACTING BARTLETT FIRE CHIEF SAYS FIREFIGHTERS ENCOUNTERED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS THEY RESPONDED TO YET ANOTHER OUTSIDE FIRE IN CARROLL COUNTY, THIS ONE DESCRIBED AS A WOODS FIRE ON SACO RIDGE ON THE WEST SIDE OF GLEN.

BRUCE BENNETT SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED OUT ABOUT 2:30 P.M.

BENNETT SAYS TWO HOUSES WERE IN DANGER FROM THE FIRE AND HE QUICKLY WENT TO A THIRD ALARM TO GET MORE FIREFIGHTERS TO THE SCENE.

HE SAYS TWO MEMBERS OF THE BARTLETT JACKSON AMBULANCE CREW HELPED FIGHT THE FIRE INITIALLY AND REINFORCEMENTS AND EQUIPMENT ARRIVED FROM JACKSON, NORTH CONWAY AND REDSTONE. U.S. FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL AND THE STATE FOREST RANGER ALSO ASSISTED.

NONE OF THE HOMES BURNED, DESPITE THE FIRE COMING WITHIN 50 FEET OF ONE. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FIRE MORE THAN AN ACRE AND A HALF WAS BURNING. BENNETT SAYS THE MAJOR FLAMES WERE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL FAIRLY QUICKLY ā€“ WITHIN ABOUT A HALF HOUR ā€“ BUT THE MOP UP OPERATION WAS LABOR INTENSIVE AND LASTED SEVERAL HOURS.

THE CHIEF SAYS SOME NEIGHBORS THANKED FIREFIGHTERS FOR THEIR EFFORT AND SAID THEY WERE SURPRISED AT HOW QUICKLY THEY RESPONDED AND CONTROLLED THE FIRE. THE CAUSE IS BEING INVESTIGATED. BENNETT SAYS FIRE PERMITS TO BURN OUTSIDE WERE NOT BEING ISSUED SATURDAY BECAUSE OF THE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.