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October 29, 2013

Forest fire keeps crews busy 3 days

Rockport

ROCKPORT — A fire in the South Woods, off the end of Jerdens Lane burned over the weekend and through the day Monday.

The fire started beyond Kelly’s Pond and ran along the dirt road and pipeline toward Cape Pond.

Firefighters on the town’s force and its forest fire brigade first responded to reports of heavy smoke at 4 p.m. Saturday in the woods off of Jerdens Lane. Police scanner reports indicated firefighters had trouble finding the blaze, as it was deep in the woods, and there were some water issues as well. Crews fought the fire into the night, carrying backpacks and flashlights, until it was knocked down. They then suspended their efforts for safety reasons.

Police said forest firefighters went back out Sunday at 8 a.m. and returned at 6 p.m., and went out a third time Monday around 7 a.m. to continue knocking down hot spots, a job that continued through the day.

“It’s tough because it’s burning underground,” the Fire Department said on its Facebook page Monday.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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