2-alarm Sanbornton brush fire chars more than 7 acres

SANBORNTON — A brush fire burned 7.37 acres along Prescott Road yesterday afternoon and brought 47 firefighters to the area to put it out.
Fire Chief Paul Dexter said the initial call for an "outside fire" came to dispatch at 1:45 p.m. He said he toned a first alarm nine minutes later when he realized the fire was sparking embers toward some residential housing and was close to jumping the road.
He said about 400 feet along the side of Prescott Road was burning and ready to jump a stone wall when they first arrived. He said wind was blowing from the northeast in the direction of Weeks Road.
He said his initial engine set up across the road and began wetting the area so the fire wouldn't spread toward houses.
He said he called for a second alarm at 2:38 p.m. when he realized he needed more people to surround the fire.
He said firefighters had the fire circled by 3 p.m. He said they were able to pump water to hand lines from a nearby brook and set up four portable pumps for a water source.
"Kudos to everyone," Dexter said, adding that as far as brush fires go, "everything that could go right, did go right."
Dexter said he will return to the area tomorrow to see what the actual cause of the two-alarm fire was but noted there was no fire permits for the area yesterday. He whether or not there are permits, people are not allowed to burn before 5 p.m.
This was the third brush fire over the weekend in the immediate area. Tilton-Northfield Fire Chief Brad Ober said there was an outside fire on Saturday afternoon that came within five feet of a house before firefighters doused it.
In Belmont Sunday afternoon, firefighters extinguished a controlled fire off Route 107 after a passerby reported it.