Millbrook FD prevents brush fire from reaching house

A brush fire spanning almost one acre in diameter at its peak brought 12 Millbrook firefighters, ten Union Vale firefighters, and four Washington Highway Department workers to a Millbrook residence at about 10 a.m. on Monday morning.  

According to Millbrook Fire Chief Ted Bownas, the department responded to a report of a “grass fire threatening a house” at 441 Oak Summit Road. Dutchess County’s parcel access website says the property is owned by Roger Jon Richards.

The homeowner was burning a pile of brush on the 7.67-acre parcel. Wind gusts quickly spread the flames from a brush pile to surrounding dry grass, said Chief Bownas.

Highway department workers were first on the scene and were able to “knock down” the side of the fire that was creeping toward the house. Without water resources, they held off the blaze by beating the edge of the fire with shovels.  

When the Millbrook Fire Department showed up, they concentrated on knocking down the leading edge of the fire with water, shovels, and rakes. 

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