Permitted Fire Spreads, Damages Shed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA permitted fire got out of control on Sagamore Street on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

The fire department responded to 175 Sagamore St. at about 2:30 p.m. In addition to Hamilton firefighters, Essex Engine 1 also helped battle the fire. Firefighters also got help from a Hamilton DPW backhoe. In addition to the brush, the fire also damaged a shed on the property, Stevens said.

Firefighters used water from the fire hydrant on Sagamore Street near Blueberry Lane, which may cause some brown water in the area.



Brush Fire Extinguished near Cutler Road


Firefighters used about 2,000 gallons of water to extinguish a brush fire Sunday afternoon, June 19.

It occurred at the rear of 265 Cutler Road and likely started on Saturday and was confined to the gravel pit, according to Hamilton Fire Chief Phil Stevens.

Hamilton firefighters were assisted by a State Forest Fire tanker from Bradley Palmer State Park and the Essex Fire Department. Wenham firefighters covered the town of Hamilton during the fire from their own station, Stevens said.

Final Weekend for Open Burning Coming Up

Open burning season ends May 1, which means this is the final weekend for open burning this year.

Open Burning

Open burning is allowed daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and requires a permit from the Hamilton Fire Department. The fire must be at least 75 feet from all buildings. All fires must be attended by an adult. Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, tires, construction material and debris may not be burned.

Call 978-468-5560 for more information.

If you do burn this weekend, there are some safety tips offered by the state Bureau of Forest Fire control.

Some of the things to consider when burning:

  • Keep fire suppression tools handy, including a water hose, pump, shovel, or other firefighting tools, which can help manage the burn and can also put out the fire if it starts to get out of control.
  • Monitor the burn closely until it is dead out.
  • If the burn begins expanding beyond the planned area- signs include  increasing smoke and flames – work to put it out immediately. If you can’t suppress it, call the Hamilton Fire Department.

Weather conditions can change rapidly and the Fire Department will determine daily whether it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other weather conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded.