Wind drives Brownfield fire

by Christian Mower on May 9, 2014

The fire chief Brownfield, Maine says a permitted burn Wednesday afternoon got out of control and ended up burning about 10 acres.

Richard Perreault says his firefighters responded to the scene on Stone Pond Rd. about 2:30 p.m. and discovered brush burning at the edge of the forest. A second alarm was quickly declared, bringing firefighters from Center Conway, Fryeburg, Bridgton, Naples and Denmark – as well as the Maine Forest Service with a firefighting Huey helicopter –and Fryeburg Rescue standing by.

The fire started going up the side of Stone Mountain.

It took 50 firefighters at the scene – and the helicopter – several hours to get the fire under control and put it out.

The chief says an issued permit may not remain valid if windy conditions make burning potentially dangerous. And he says people who get a permit are required to check off and agree to a list of proper preparations, including having a garden hose or some other device handy to put out a fire – something the permit holders in this incident did not have.

No one was hurt and Brownfield firefighters picked up and were back at the station house about 8 p.m. Wednesday.