UPDATE: Firefighters Respond to Colvintown Brush Fire
The Thursday night blaze scorched a section of woods, but caused no property damage.
Update (Apr. 20 - 12:33 p.m.): After surveying the damage with his crew and DEM Forest Ranger Dave Palumbo on Friday morning, CCFD Chief Bob Seltzer confirmed that the brush fire in the woods on Colvintown Rd. damaged about .85 of an acre of forest, but caused no property damage.
He explained that a neighbor called the department around 7:30 p.m. to report the blaze and also to mention that kids on dirtbikes had been in the area before it began. It took crews about an hour to get the flames under control, with help from tanker trucks sent by Hope Jackson and Scituate departments.
At the scene, a scorched lean-to was visible Friday morning, causing officials to believe that the location was a hangout for local youth. Dirtbikes and ATVs are often heard traveling through the area according to neighbors.
"We don't know exactly what caused it, and it's very difficult to investigate unless there has been property damage or people are found at the scene," Seltzer said. "But people really need to realize that with it being so dry and windy, it doesn't take much - just a dropped cigarette or hot embers and a little wind to spread."
Members of the CCFD spent Friday morning and afternoon wetting the perimeter, finding and raking out hot spots and retrieving fire hose with Forest Ranger Palumbo that had been left behind Thursday night.
"I do have to say that it is very nice to rely on fire and police departments that do a professional job," Palumbo said. "These guys are out here all the time doing a tremendous job staying on top of everything. We're very lucky to have them."
April 19 - 11:13 p.m.: Central Coventry firefighters responded to the second brush fire of Thursday evening in a wooded area off of Colvintown Rd., approximately 1.3 miles from the Hope Furnace Rd. intersection.
According to CCFD Chief Bob Seltzer, a section of woods slightly larger than an acre was affected.
"It's hard to tell how much damage there is right now," said Seltzer around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. "We'll be able to assess the damage better in the morning."
The cause of this fire, as well as the Maple Valley Rd. blaze that was fought simultaneously is currently unknown.
Check back with Coventry Patch Friday morning for more information.