LYME — A large brush fire on Tuesday afternoon near Hamburg Cove burned about six acres and stopped just short of a paddock and barn with two horses. Gusts approaching 40 mph whipped the blaze which may have been started by a sparking utility pole. No people or animals were injured, or structures damaged.
The fire was reported on private property off Tinker Lane just after 12:30 p.m.
A high fire-danger warning had been announced by the State earlier today.
Lyme Second Asst. Fire Chief Sam Adams said the fire appeared to have been caused by a spark from a nearby utility pole that was found blackened and split at the top.
It took two hours for about 20 firefighters from Lyme, Old Lyme, Hadlyme and Salem to extinguish the fire.
“You’ve got dry leaves with high winds and everything – it could have been a lot worse,” Adams said at the scene about 3 p.m. as gusty winds continued to blow light smoke around the area.
Adams advised residents to refrain from starting any fires in such conditions, and to check if any fire-danger warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service or the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.