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Barre firefighters put out brush and hedgerow fire

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

BARRE – Richard Barnard, right, and Amanda Dixon work to put out a brush fire today in Barre. The two are members of the Barre Volunteer Fire Company.

There may be a burning ban in effect until May 15, but that isn’t stopping people from burning brush. This afternoon, one of those brush piles quickly spread to a nearby hedgerow and scorched about a quarter acre of land on Route 98 in Barre, just north of Lime Kiln Road.

Barre firefighters, including Chris Flansburg (pictured) were called to douse the fire at about 5:10 p.m. The fire had jumped from the brush pile to the hedgerow. Assistant Fire Chief James Neal said if the fire had been unattended for much longer it could have quickly spread across the field and further down the hedgerow.

“This is why the DEC has the burn ban,” he said.

Neal is a farmer and he said the ground is dry with lots of dead plant matter. Once more grass starts growing, the fields will be less vulnerable to fire, he said.

James Neal works with Sarah Lamka to put out a hot spot in a wooded area. Sarah, 18, is a new firefighter. Her father, Patrick, is a Barre firefighter.