Scituate Fire Chief Rick Judge said he hopes holiday beachgoers will be understanding of their newly imposed bonfire ban after a three-alarm fire destroyed four Humarock homes in March.
Although the wind-fueled blaze was originally ignited by a kitchen radio, Chief Judge explained bonfires mixed with a crowded beach raises too many public safety concerns, “It’s not really what started it, it’s what could happen because the houses are built in close proximity plus your adding parked cars, people having guests down there. That was Marshfield’s problem years ago when houses were burnt down; they couldn’t get the apparatus to the fires because of all of the illegally parked cars.”
According to Judge, there’ll be a high tide the night of July3rd which would push bonfires even closer to homes, “The tide is an issue too this year. It’s going to be moon tide between 11PM-12AM. If they do want to build a bonfire there going to be building it too close to the house.”
Last year, Scituate required permits for beach bonfires, 50 were dispersed.
The bonfire ban will be heavily enforced July 3rd by Scituate and other local police departments and Chief Judge said eight state troopers from the bomb squad will also be on Humarock Beach to recover fireworks and bonfire materials.
The Scituate Fire Chief said the plan is to permantely ban holiday beach fires.
(Humarock Beach bonfire- July 3rd, 2011)