USA –– CONWAY Firefighters responding to the slopes of the Attitash Mountain ski resort on Monday got the help of two technologies not traditionally associated with the wildland firefighting ski lifts and snowmaking equipment. The fire was high up the west side of the mountain, on the Spillway trail, according to a statement from the ski resort. “It was very rugged country,” high up the mountain, Bartlett fire chief Pat Roberts said.
But instead of slogging uphill carrying five gallon buckets of water, 30 firefighters from Jackson, Bartlett, Conway, North Conway and the U.S. Forest Service boarded the high-speed Flying Yankee Quad. The ski lift carried them up the in a matter of minutes. Snowmaking pipes, meanwhile, made short work of moving water to the site. “We had it contained very quickly,” Roberts said. The fire was reported around 4 p.m. By 5:05 p.m. fire crews had it contained. It had burned less than half an acre. “No equipment or physical damage occurred and there were no injuries reported,” according to the statement from Attitash. “None of the resort attractions were affected by the forest fire except for the Summit Triple Scenic chair ride, which was closed and secured one hour prior to scheduled closing time as a safety precaution.” “We are very pleased with the rescue efforts by Bartlett/Jackson Rescue and all rescue personnel who assisted in containing the fire,” said Attitash Mountain’s outside operations manager Brian Jones. Authorities have yet to figure out what led to the fire. “We’re still investigating to determine the exact cause,” Roberts said, but the fire does not appear to be suspicious. Things have been very dry lately, he said, which contributes to elevated fire danger. “People really need to be careful.”