CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS USE HELICOPTER TO FIND BRUSH FIRE

by Christian Mower on March 28, 2012

FIREFIGHTERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A CIVILIAN HELICOPTER TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO FIND A HARD-TO-LOCATE ILLEGAL BRUSH FIRE IN CONWAY.

CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF RAY LEAVITT SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT AND CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED SHORTLY AFTER 1:45 P.M. TO A REPORT OF SMOKE COMING FROM A LARGE BRUSH FIRE NEAR THE EATON TOWN LINE AND THE SOUTHERN END OF CONWAY LAKE.

SHIFTING WINDS MADE THE FIRE DIFFICULT TO LOCATE FROM THE GROUND SO NORTH CONWAY FIRE CHIEF PAT PREECE ACCEPTED NORTH CONWAY RESIDENT NED SULLIVAN’S OFFER OF A HELICOPTER RIDE TO HELP SEARCH FROM THE AIR.

PREECE WAS ABLE TO DIRECT CREWS TO THE BURNING LOCATION – ABOUT A QUARTER MILE IN FROM GREELEY ROAD – WHERE A HOMEOWNER WITH A HUNTING CABIN WAS BURNING BRUSH SO HE COULD GET A BETTER VIEW.

FIREFIGHTERS USED HAND PUMPS TO DRAW WATER FROM A WELL TO PUT THE FIRE OUT AND THE HOMEOWNER WAS ISSUED A WARNING FOR BURNING WITHOUT A PERMIT.

NO ONE WAS HURT. FIREFIGHTERS CLEARED THE SCENE SHORTLY BEFORE 4 P.M.

WINDS WERE GUSTING IN THE CONWAY AREA THROUGH THE DAY AND LEAVITT SAYS NO FIRE PERMITS WERE BEING ISSUED BECAUSE STATE OFFICIALS HAD ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING WARNING OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FIRE CONDITIONS DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS, LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY GROUND CONDITIONS.