WOODS FIRE AT ATTITASH BEING INVESTIGATED

by Christian Mower on July 24, 2012

THE CHIEF OF THE BARTLETT FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS A WOODS FIRE AT ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT MONDAY BURNED ABOUT A HALF ACRE.

PAT ROBERTS SAYS RESPONDERS WERE CALLED OUT ABOUT 4 P.M. TO THE MOUNTAIN’S SPILLWAY TRAIL.

ROBERTS SAYS FIREFIGHTERS USED A CHAIR LIFT TO GET CLOSE TO THE FIRE AREA AND WERE ABLE TO HOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE RESORT’S SNOWMAKING EQUIPMENT TO GET WATER.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE WAS ON U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAND. HE SAYS CONDITIONS WERE HOT AND HUMID MONDAY NIGHT AND FIGHTING THE FIRE WAS VERY LABOR INTENSIVE, SO PERSONNEL WERE ROTATED IN AND OUT.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM JACKSON, NORTH CONWAY AND CONWAY ASSISTED. ABOUT 30 WERE AT THE SCENE.

ROBERTS SAYS BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS CLEARED THE SCENE SHORTLY BEFORE 8 P.M. MONDAY, THE FIRE WAS PRETTY MUCH OUT.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

SOME U.S. FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL REMAINED BEHIND TO TAKE CARE OF A FEW HOT SPOTS.

THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT IT’S NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS.

ROBERTS SAYS THE AREA DID GET SOME RAIN LAST NIGHT AS THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH THE AREA, BUT CONDITIONS ARE STILL VERY DRY AND HE CAUTIONS PEOPLE TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH FIRE PITS.

THE CHIEF SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED IN THE POURING RAIN JUST AFTER 10 P.M. TO BIRCH VIEW BY THE SACO NEAR COVERED BRIDGE LANE AFTER A BOLT OF LIGHTNING HIT A TREE AND CAUSED THE CENTER OF THE TREE – WHICH WAS ROTTEN – TO START BURNING.

THAT FIRE WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED.