Firefighters Snuff Prescribed Burn

By: Staff Reports

Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

A controlled burn in Thompson's Field scorched an additional quarter-acre Tuesday before officials extinguished it. HFD PHOTO

HARWICH — A prescribed burn at Thompson's Field Tuesday had to be extinguished by firefighters after it threatened to spread uncontrollably.

Crews were called to the area shortly after 9 a.m. at the request of the conservation department, which was overseeing the controlled burn of brush piles in a former meadow on the town-owned conservation land. The fire was between two dirt paths and did not threaten any structures or other property, officials said, but it burned an additional quarter-acre of land before firefighters snuffed it. No one was hurt.

The controlled burn and related clearing of vegetation is part of an effort by conservation officials to restore native habitat in the area. Officials say the quick containment of the fire was a result of a response plan developed by officials before they started the burn. The plan worked exactly as designed, fire officials said.