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Montville brush fire extinguished quickly

By Fran Gonzalez | May 22, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Crews from several area fire departments quickly put down a brush fire May 22 on Trues Pond Road in Montville.

Montville — A fast-moving wildfire spread quickly through the dry underbrush along the side of the roadway in the vicinity of 220 and 230 Trues Pond Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

Becca Kirby, Montville Fire Department's public information officer, said conditions were just right with the temperature well over 80 degrees and some wind blowing. "We could see the smoke from South Mountain Valley Highway" across town, Kirby said.

The Maine Forest Service flew a helicopter over the area, giving emergency responders on the ground a birds-eye view of the situation. Approximately 2 acres were involved, according to Montville Fire Chief John York.

"It was blowing," York said, "and it was moving fast."

Kirby said it was a relief to see the Forest Service helicopter when it flew over the scene. "Usually it's LifeFlight and it's not a good situation," she said. "We've not had to call a helicopter in a while."

No injuries were reported and mostly underbrush vegetation was burned by the blaze.

Besides Montville Fire Department, crews from Freedom, Liberty, Liberty Ambulance, Palermo, Morrill and Searsmont responded. Brooks, Belmont and Thorndike were on standby.

Becca Kirby, Montville Fire Department's public information officer; Maine Forest Ranger Lisa Byers and Montville Fire Chief John York confer at a brush fire May 22 on Trues Pond Road in Montville. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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