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Fire crews called after brush fire gets out of hand in Dedham

Posted June 04, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.

DEDHAM, Maine — Firefighters made quick work of an out-of-control brush fire on the Green Lake Road Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 2 p.m., said Dedham Fire Department Lt. Hartley Webb. Fire crews from Dedham, Lucerne and Ellsworth responded to David Hamilton Construction, where a permitted construction debris fire had spread out of control and into the woods.

Webb said that the high winds had quickly dried out the woods after weekend rains, and so the fire spread easily from the base of a small gravel pit to the wooded ground above.

“It just takes a little wind, plus the elevation here,” he said. “It didn’t take much for it to get away.”

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David Hamilton Jr. said the company had a permit to burn construction debris, mostly brush and other wood products, over the weekend. After that fire was complete, workers began the usual practice of piling other debris at that site, he said.

Hamilton said the company had not purposefully started another burn on Tuesday, and that the blaze was likely ignited by embers still smoldering under the ash of the weekend’s fire.

Workers tried to contain the surprise flames with their heavy equipment, including an excavator, but to no avail, Webb said. That’s when they called the fire department. Fire crews had the blaze knocked down by 3 p.m.

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