CONWAY FIRE CHIEF WARNS OF DRY CONDITIONS

by Christian Mower on July 20, 2012

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT RESPONDED FOR A SMALL GRASS FIRE IN ALBANY SHORTLY BEFORE NOON THURSDAY.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE AT 1964 ROUTE 16 WAS VERY SMALL – ABOUT 3 FEET BY 3 FEET – AND SOME BYSTANDERS ACTUALLY WERE ABLE TO PUT IT OUT WITH SOME DIRT AND BOTTLED WATER THEY HAD WITH THEM BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS GOT THERE.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUED TO THE SCENE TO ENSURE THE FIRE WAS COMPLETELY OUT AND THERE WAS NO CHANCE OF IT REIGNITING.

SOLOMON SAYS CONDITIONS ARE DRY RIGHT NOW IN CONWAY BECAUSE THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY SIGNIFICANT RAIN IN A LONG TIME, AS INDICATED BY THE LOW WATER LEVEL OF THE SACO RIVER.

SOLOMON SAYS THERE WERE A LOT OF CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IN ALBANY AND THE FIRE WAS MOST LIKELY CAUSED BY SOMEONE TOSSING A CIGARETTE.

HE POINTS OUT THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS COMMONLY DONE, TOSSING A CIGARETTE IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS BECAUSE IT CAN START FIRES, BUT IT’S ALSO ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT IS LITTERING.

REPORTS INDICATE NORTH CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A REPORTED BRUSHFIRE THURSDAY SHORTLY 3 P.M.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTEDLY BURNING ABOUT A QUARTER ACRE NEAR NEIGHBORS ROW AND WAS CONTAINED SHORTLY BEFORE 3:45 P.M.