|The view from the Fire Scene|
When I read the Gazette’s story on the Claudio Guerra fire, it sounded a lot like the 2008 Shepherd’s Hollow blaze that demolished the home of Ed Jazab. A house up on a hill, a low pressure hydrant, a narrow access road. Now that I have been out talking to neighbors, I can comfortably assert that five years later Northampton still doesn’t have a strategy in place for fighting fires in the higher areas of the city, out where our hydrants don’t have enough pressure or volume to knock down a fire.
It’s a long haul through a dense forest to get to his homesite on the top of Horse Mountain. The house is actually in Williamsburg, but the street address is in Northampton. The narrow entry road winds up through a dense forest, going up and up for more than a half a mile. I think this is the highest point in Northampton, about 170 feet above North Farms Road. To read the full article, click here