Fast-moving brush fire doused; 65 firefighters from 8 towns fight Saturday blaze
GREENFIELD (November 16, 2013) Multiple Fire Departments responded to a large brush fire off of Country Club Road. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD (November 16, 2013) Multiple Fire Departments responded to a large brush fire off of Country Club Road. Firefighters cut up a large tree that is still burning to get water on the hot spots. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD (November 16, 2013) Multiple Fire Departments responded to a large brush fire off of Country Club Road. A soap is added to water help deaden the embers. Photo by Beth Reynolds
A brush fire in the woods near where the Greenfield, Bernardston and Leyden town lines converge started early afternoon Saturday and quickly spread to an area of between five and seven acres.
Calls came into departments at 2:15 p.m. and by the time everyone left the site 2 1/2 hours later, there were 65 firefighters from eight Franklin County towns and Guilford, Vt., said Bernardston Fire Chief Peter Shedd.
Shedd wasn’t sure Saturday just how the fire started, but said that there had been reports of gunshots earlier in the afternoon.
Once the fire did start, it spread everywhere, he said. The dry weather helped the flames travel up into the trees and down into the ground.
Firefighters had to trek about a half a mile into the woods from Eden Trail Branch Road on steep terrain, said Shedd. A water line was stretched all the way from the road and tankers used a water hydrant over the Greenfield line on Country Club Road.
Once they were there, firefighters had to deal with a fire that was spreading up a ravine, he said. By 4:45 p.m., the fire was under control, said Shedd.
Still, he said that firefighters needed to return Sunday at 7 a.m. to take down trees and clean the area. The departments left some of their equipment at the site overnight.
Shedd said that units from Bernardston, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, Northfield, Erving, Gill and South Deerfield all sent firefighters on Saturday.
On Sunday, according to the Greenfield Fire Department, firefighters returned to the scene to “mop up,” checking for hot spots and making sure that the fire did not reignite. The cause of the fire was still under investigation on Sunday.