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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Brush (Woods) Fire - Massey's Landing


View from south access attempt

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View from opposite prong access attempt

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View from opposite lagoon

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Suspected campffie origin of incident

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Suspected campfire origin of incident

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Saturday July, 31 2010 @ 06:30:55 Nature: Brush (Woods) Fire Address: 36498-36583 Long Neck Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 Early Saturday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a brush fire in the vicinity of Massey’s Landing off of Long Neck Road. It was reported to be a small brush fire in an isolated area of the woods with minimal access for vehicles, fire apparatus, or utility all terrain vehicles. Indian River‘s Incident Command was coordinated via Jason Faulkner who requested multiple teams of firefighters to attempt accessing the fire via foot following various paths; however, these paths were basically prongs protruding into nearby waterways and could not be utilized to access the fire from multiple locations. However, one prong heavily barricaded with cut up trees provided foot access to the fire. Firefighters utilized approximately 150 foot of 1¾ inch fire suppression line to create a water supply scenario which was provided two 150 foot of forestry hose lines for fire suppression activities. The incident was quickly knocked down; however, extensive overhaul and fire suppression tactics were utilized. These measures included a wet water compound to assist with fire suppression, Indian tanks, rakes and extensive amounts of water flow to saturate the impacted areas. It was clearly visible that the origin of the fire was the result of a smoldering camp or recreational fire that was improperly extinguished the evening before. There were no persons at or near the incident upon arrival of emergency response personnel. Indian River volunteer firefighters returned to their respective stations in Oak Orchard and Long Neck at 9:30 a.m.