Brush fire burns 11 acres in Kent
Published 3:25 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A brush fire Saturday burned 11 acres along the New York border with Kent and neighboring towns on property owned by Castle Rock Partners.
The fire call came in about 1 p.m., and when Kent volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene in the northwest corner of the town they realized the fire was a sizable one, according to Chief Eric Epstein.
Mutual aid was provided by several New York towns, as well as the Sharon and Lakeville fire departments.
Firefighters were at the site until dark, when the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection took over.
Gaylordsville volunteer firefighters stood by at the Kent fire station.
Epstein said the terrain where the fire burned was "hilly, rough (and) heavily wooded," making the fire difficult to fight. Firefighters fought the blaze by hiking in with Tonto tanks on their backs.
Kent Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan said it is unlikely the exact cause of the fire will ever be known.
"I spoke with the owner of that property, who said that he was not in that area and was in the house," MacMillan said. "He said he believed he'd heard vehicles out in that area and they had problems with people using the property."
MacMillan said he found the area where the fire started and speculated equipment of a motorcycle might have created a spark.
The fire will likely be recorded as "accidental," he said.
-- Susan Tuz