Brush fires keep companies busy

 

 

As members of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company packed up their equipment from an afternoon of containing a brush fire, the call came out again.

And while the second brush fire call of the day on County Route 10 near the wildlife park was not as serious as it previous call, it did cap a day when local firefighters had to contend with high winds and brush fires.

The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company was called out along with the Skenesborough and North Granville companies to contain a brush fire on the Stevens Farm on Welch Hill Road around 2 p.m. on Monday, April 5.

“Brush trucks went off road to attack the fire but were limited by swampy soil, causing firefighters to surround the fire perimeter by foot,” said Brian Brooks of the WVFC. “Whitehall’s brush truck extended a supply line to hit hot spots at the head of the fire while North Granville firefighters covered the rear of the fire line.”

Overall, the three companies spent nearly three hours containing the fire, which charred between four to six acres, according to Brooks.

Members of the Whitehall company had returned to the firehouse and were getting ready to leave the station when a second call came out.

“As soon as Whitehall units were in service a second brush fire on County Route 10 at the Nature Conservancy wildlife parking area,” said Brooks. “The small fire was contained and extinguished quickly.”

Brooks said with the Route 10 fire, witnesses reported a lead in how the fire may have started.

“A vehicle was reported leaving the area and law enforcement was alerted with a description,” said Brooks. “New York State Forest Rangers responded and investigated due to the fire being on state property.”

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