So far this week firefighters in Madawaska Valley have had their hands full.
The Madawaska Valley Fire Department responded to three calls in the past three days. The first was on Saturday, May 28th. Firefighters responded to a call at Yandreski Road around 7 PM. Firefighters say an electrical issue caused a fire in the attached garage of a cottage. While the fire was put out quickly, Fire Chief Corwin Quade says the structure suffered $30,000 in smoke damage.
Then on Monday, firefighters were called to a bush fire at a pine tree plantation on Martin Siding Road. The fire was extinguished within 12 minutes and burnt a quarter acre of bush. Quade credits people walking along the road for calling in the fire quickly.
Immediately after, a call came in from another pine tree plantation on Paugh Lake Road. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in 40 minutes, which burned three-quarters of an acre. Quade says at the time of these fires, humidex values were almost at 30 degrees.