Wildfire contained after burning about 15 acres in Savoy

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SAVOY >> An out-of-control fire in Savoy burned about 15 acres on Thursday and brought firefighters from more than 10 local departments.

The fire, which occurred off of Loop Road about 3 p.m., took firefighters several hours to strike down given the dry and warm conditions throughout the day. Some 40 firefighters responded to the blaze in total, according to Savoy Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lawrence Ordyna.

"A guy supposedly had a camp fire out in the woods where he was doing some work," Ordyna said. "It got away from him and it ended up burning about 15 acres."

The fire chief noted that burning season ended on May 1, and the fire was not permitted.

Fire personnel battled the blaze by running a 1,400 foot supply line around its perimeter and choking it off. No firefighters were injured, but Adams Ambulance Service responded to the scene as a precaution.

The fire initially appeared to be headed toward more developed areas of Haskins Road, but it never got that far, the chief said.

"We got the line around it and we just contained it to that area," Ordyna said, adding that the stubbornness of the fire caused firefighters to remain on the scene for four hours.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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