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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Two brush fires strike area

  • - On Monday afternoon crews were dispatched to two brush fires that took place in Dyberry Township.
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     - On Monday afternoon crews were dispatched to two brush fires that took place in Dyberry Township.
    Around 1:08 p.m., the Honesdale Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on Heaven Lane. Six minutes later a second brush fire was called in from the Himalayan Institute.
    Out of control
    Honesdale Engine 1 was on scene at the Himalayan Institute and a Seelyville tanker was called in for backup.
    The fires occurred back to back,” said Honesdale Fire Chief Steve Bates. “Around three or four acres burned [at the Himalayan Institute].”
    The brush fire claimed a large chunk of the property, taking part of the garden with it.
    Bates said the fire was quickly contained and they were just walking the perimeter to “make sure everything was wet” so the fire wouldn't start up again.
    Around a dozen people were helping put the fire out.
    We had a few guys walk around the woods to make sure a fire didn't start there either,” Bates said.
    Heaven Lane
    While crews were keeping the brush fire at the Himalayan Institute in check, others were on hand at a residence on Heaven Lane.
    The brush fire was in the woods behind the residence. Some crews had to ride an ATV to get to the fire's location.
    Honesdale had engines 3 and 5 at that fire. Seelyville and Prompton also assisted. There were five total trucks and one was used as a tanker shuttle.
    It too, was contained quickly. Honesdale Fire Police were directing traffic.
    Danger of burning
    Bates stated any time there is wind it could start a fire, especially when it's dry.
    People mistakenly think just because it rained that a fire can't start, but the wind takes the top of the grass off and that's how they start,” he said.
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