Northern RI – Firefighters in several northern Rhode Island towns responded to brush fires on Friday, April 7 following a warning against burning due to winds and dry conditions.
In Glocester, crews spent more than two hours battling a brush fire deep in the woods off Indian Trail. The blaze, which was believed to have started by someone burning despite the Red Flag Warning, affected more than two acres of woods.
Neighboring departments provided mutual aid.
The Pascoag Fire Department requested help in fighting a brush fire around 10 a.m. Friday morning, asking for a tanker to respond to 44 Doe Crossing Drive. The resident who started the blaze to burn debris reportedly attempted to put it out himself, suffered superficial burns and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
That fire covered approximately five acres and took around five hours to extinguish. Surrounding agencies responded, while the department urged residents not to burn outside.
“It is not safe to burn outdoors today,” noted a social media post from PFD. “Dry conditions and wind are causing issues with fire spread.”
The NWS warning expired as windy conditions decreased on Saturday.
Anyone who burns on a red flag day is an idiot, and should be presented with the bill for extinguishing the fire they started, and if possible, charged criminally… especially if a firefighter gets injured putting out the blaze. At the very least they should be fined for burning without a permit. It just doesn’t get much dumber…