Friday, April 1, 2016

Major wildfire near Coudersport

From the Coudersport Fire Department:
At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, Coudersport Fire was dispatched to box Homer Township, the Monroe Residence, for a wild fire with possible power lines down.
At 3:08 p.m. Chief Phelps arrived to find linemen from Tri County Electric, who reported that a tree had fallen on the line and caused the fire, and that the scene was safe.
Shortly thereafter three patrols and 16 firefighters arrived to now approximately 15 acres consumed by the fire.
At 3:15 p.m. a second alarm was requested summonsing
Galeton, Austin, Roulette, DCNR and requested the possibility of aircraft availability.
At 3:30 p.m. a third and subsequent alarm was requested bringing in departments from Shinglehouse, Ulysses and additional DCNR personnel. 

At approximately 3: 50 p.m the air support arrived and made two drops, a private bulldozer was brought in and started a line across the head of the fire.
In all, some 58 firefighters, 12-14 DCNR, 12-14 private citizens' with ATV/UTV's, 2 Ambulance squads, 1 bulldozer, 1 aircraft brought thisfFire under control with heavy overhaul.  by 550 with some units being released and all units released by 630.
All of Coudersport units were placed in-service at 730.
In all approximately 45-60 acres were consumed with only minor injuries.
Words cannot express my thanks to all of those involved for your professionalism and perseverance. To all of the private individuals, FF's, Ambulance squads, DCNR, our Dispatchers and to those who fixed and had a meal prepared for all at our station.
Chief Phelps