Brush fire on Pond Road

|Press Release, New Gloucester Fire Rescue|

Brush fire on Pond Road, May 16, 2021. Photo: NGFR

Prepared by: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Number of Alarms: All Hands plus an additional Tanker and Brush Truck
Incident Commander: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Incident Number: 21-NG0213
Incident Date and Time: May 16, 2021 at 1230hrs

Incident Location: 111 Pond Road

Number of NGFR Engines in response: 1
Number of NGFR Tankers in response: 1
Other NGFR apparatus in response: 1
Number of NGFR personnel in response: 10
First NGFR unit on scene: Engine 3

General Incident Description: At 1230, New Gloucester Fire Rescue was dispatched for a reported outside fire that has gotten away from the caller. While enroute to the call, Engine 3 asked for an additional engine from Gray. Engine 3 arrived on scene to find a yard, a shed, and an area of brush well involved and struck the All Hands at 1242. This brought additional mutual aid to the scene and to station coverage.

With the arrival of more manpower and a better water supply, crews were able to work both the left and right flanks of the fire, bringing the incident under control at 1320. Crews remained on scene for another two hours mopping up hot spots and performing overhaul. The call was completed at 1546.

Mutual Aid to the Scene: Poland, Gray, Raymond, North Yarmouth, Maine Forest Service

Mutual Aid to the Station: Durham

Water Supply: 10,000 gallons of water used. Tankers refilled in Gray using a pressurized hydrant.

Injuries: None

Area Burned: 1.5 acres

Factors: Low relative humidity, moderate winds, topography, and dry conditions in the area adjacent to the yard.

Cause: Unpermitted outdoor burning.

PSA: Open burning outside of a cooking fire requires a fire permit. These can be obtained in person at the fire station, on, or on the Maine state site. Today was a low fire danger day and fire still spread quickly and uncontrolled. After obtaining a permit for open burning, please have a garden hose or means of water supply, hand tools, and at least two adults in order to ensure safety for people, property, and the environment. For more questions on open burning, please reach out to your local fire department or the Maine Forest Service.

Hale Fitzgerald
New Gloucester Fire Rescue
611 Lewiston Road

New Gloucester, ME 04260