Forest fire breaks out at Wilgus State ParkStaff Report | May 01,2013ASCUTNEY - About 20 trucks from many local fire departments responded to a forest fire Wednesday afternoon near Wilgus State Park.
The fire started around 1 p.m. and firefighters got it under control by 3:30 p.m., according to Ascutney Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding.
The fire had spread to about 3 acres before it was controlled, he said.
The chief said he believed the fire was started by motorcyclists at the scene off Route 5 south of Ascutney, across from Wilgus State Park.
Other forest or brush fires were also reported in Windsor and nearby Cornish, N.H., as well as in Hardwick in northern Vermont.
Spaulding said he had received instructions from the state level not to issue any further burn permits due to dry conditions.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan is first European to navigate passage that bears his name from the Atlantic to the Pacific sea; in 1582, Will Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway secure their marriage license with 40 pound bond.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1778, Capt. James Cook is first European to set eyes on Maui in Hawaiian Islands; 1922, Pharoah Tutankhamun found after 3000 years; 1909, Hollawood movie star Frances Dee born in Los Angeles.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Hazmat unit called downtown, Boys & Girls Club hosts dinner for members and families, Secret Santa back on the beat, city discusses runoff problem on Mayfield Road, Brandon gets creative about fixes to town roads, sidewalks.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1944, U.S. begins B-29 bombing raids on Japanese main islands; in 1950, Great Appalachian Storm begins to form; 1963, Lee Oswald killed by Jack Ruby; 1974, D.B. Cooper hijacks Seattle-bound airliner; 1974, 'Lucy' found.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, striking Colo. miners attacked with machine guns by state police; 1877, Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph, 1959, Alan Freed fired by WABC 770 AM for accepting payola to promote records.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers short speech in Gettysburg, Pa.; in 1984, a Pemex LNG facility destroyed by series of gas explosions, 600 people are killed; in 1998, Senate builds fire under Bill Clinton.