View Full Version : Fire in Alton Bay

04-13-2009, 09:19 AM
I saw the fire warning on my weather app yesterday morning. I thought it was strange because of the wet ground from snow melting, but with the high winds and warm(ish) days, I guess stuff is drying out on the surface.

Last night there was an 11 alarm fire in Alton Bay, burned 40 homes


04-13-2009, 10:49 AM
Nastiness. At least no one was around this time of year. Would have been much worse in the middle of summer.

04-14-2009, 08:56 PM
Drove down to Alton Bay today to see the fire damage, here are the panos



04-14-2009, 09:29 PM
wow the first one shows a lot of what happened

old wooden houses go up fast and with a little wind you never know

04-14-2009, 09:46 PM
It's amazing what damage can be done in April when the trees provide no shade, the air happens to be extremely dry, the ground is warm, and the winds are high.

I was struck by the weather contrasts the past weekend: the terrible sodden downpours of Saturday, the winds rushing in all day Sunday (and into Monday) as the low pressure system exited. I get a lot of wind at my house on a hill in Gloucester, Mass.!

04-16-2009, 11:01 PM
What a shame. I bet a lot of those houses weren't insured for nearly the replacement cost. Lot of family history went up in smoke there. :(

Thanks as always for the pics, Kirk. The panos really give a good view of the scene there.