Firefighters from Barrington, Swansea and Warren battled a brush fire late Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Sowams Road in Barrington and Barneyville Road in Swansea, according to Barrington dispatchers.
The fire was reported around 4:30 pm. Flames could be seen from Sowams Road and smoke could be seen as far away as Route 195 in Massachusetts.
Details were sketchy but the brush fire reportedly started in Swansea near Deep Meadow Road and jumped the state line, according to the Providence Journal news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/04/barrington-fire-1.html.
Firefighters reportedly remained on the scene of the blaze wetting down the dry brush and grass until daylight faded.
Attempts to reach Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessett Friday evening for more details were unsuccessful. He was at the scene, according to a Barrington dispatcher.
The blaze reportedly charred less than one acre and was under control within an hour, according to fosters.com. http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120421/GJNEWS_01/704219930/-1/FOSNEWS
No injuries or property damage were reported.
The National Weather Service has issued several “red flag” alerts in the past couple of weeks because of a lack of rain. A red flag warning is a forecast designed to inform fire departments that conditions are ideal for wild land fire ignition, and rapid spreading.