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Firefighters battle blaze in Bowdoin woods

BY DARCIE MOORE
Times Record Staff

BOWDOIN

Firefighters from three departments battled a woods fire several hundred feet behind a Litchfield Road residence in Bowdoin Monday night.

Bowdoin Fire Department was called to the woods fire at 828 Litchfield Road at 9:49 p.m.

Bowdoin Fire Chief Tom Garrepy said when he arrived within about 10 minutes, he found a working woods fire he estimated was 600 or 700 feet behind the residence. The distance from the road created a challenge getting water to the fire, which was on the side of a ravine and not the “easiest territory” to work in, he said.

Garrepy called for a brush truck and a tanker from Litchifed and also for a tanker and manpower for Bowdoinham. It took crews about two hours to get the fire completely out. There was no real damage, Garrepy said, as the fire stayed on top of the ground for the most part and didn’t get below the ground.

The fire was likely accidental, according to Garrepy. He said the homeowner had dumped some wood stove ashes in the area at around 3 p.m. Monday, which hadn’t cooled off.

In light of the current, dry conditions, Garrepy reccomends that those cleaning out their stoves keep ashes outside for a couple of days in a stove or trash can that won’t burn or melt, allowing the ashes to cool before dumping them.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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