ORLEANS — Firefighters from several towns snuffed a brush fire in the woods behind Orleans Elementary School around 8:30 Tuesday morning. Alerted by a neighbor on Brewster Cross Road, firefighters acted quickly to contain the blaze, Fire Chief Geof Deering said.
“With the dry conditions and the wind, we brought in as many personnel as we could from our department, as well as Eastham, Harwich and Brewster,” he said. The ongoing drought, coupled with gusty winds from faraway Hurricane Teddy, prompted the National Weather Service to post a red flag warning for high forest fire danger Tuesday.
The flames scorched a one-hundred-foot-square area of dry forest, prompting teachers at the school to postpone outdoor gym class and recess because of the smoke. Crews lugged hose through more than 700 feet through the woods to reach the fire, which was near the edge of Boland Pond. It took about an hour for crews to fully wet down the area. Police photographed the scene and will be investigating some evidence of human activity in the area, according to public safety radio traffic.
The risk of brush fires remains high; Chatham firefighters were called to a small blaze off Old Comers Road Monday, and officials are warning people to be particularly careful to avoid sparking fires outdoors.