Submitted Release, Photos by Myles Angell, Kevin Carley & Sylvia Cancela
The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to a dispatch for a large brush fire behind a residence at 148 Robin Drive at 1:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Upon arrival, Canton fire crews on: Engines 1 and 3, Tanker 7, Squad 5 and Canton’s Ambulance found a 100 x 200 fire quickly spreading up a hill, towards a shed by a residence. Neighbors used rakes and other tools to keep dry leaves/brush away from the area until fire crews arrived.
“These efforts by the neighbors kept the fire from extending further,” said Department Chief Craig Robbins.
Because there are no hydrants north of Route 44, firefighters also drafted water from a nearby pond to suppress the brush fire. Approximately 6,000 gallons of water were required to fully extinguish the fire.
While the brush fire was under control in about 20 minutes, fire crews remained on scene for an addition 90 minutes to cut down two trees that were compromised by the fire and to extinguish any addition and potential hot spots on the property.