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Selectboard findings regarding Jensen open burn 7/4/2020


We are putting this together in order to set a clear accounting of the events that led to the uncontrolled fire on Saturday, July 4, 2020:

  • Michelle Jensen requested a burn permit from Fire Warden Dave Brown, 7/2/20.
  • Fire danger conditions on that date were low. (https://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/wildland-fire/monitoring-fire-danger)
  • Saturday morning, fire danger condition had elevated to moderate, though wind conditions were low.
  • Dave Brown, concerned about conditions, did drive by Jensen property around noon on Saturday. Though weather was hot & dry, wind conditions were low.
  • Around 2 in the afternoon, while tending the fire with a bulldozer, Chet Begin observed that the fire had escaped the fire zone, and was going up the hill behind the fire.
  • An unknown person notified 911, and 4 town fire departments responded. This included Dave Brown in his other role as Chief-Stockbridge Fire Department.
  • The fire was contained on the Begin/Jensen properties.

We want to send our sincere thanks to the firefighters from Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Barnard & Bethel for suspending their holiday activities to assist us with this response. The quick response from all these towns, on a holiday weekend, is a testament to how neighbors helping neighbors in difficult times is the sign of a strong community.

Stockbridge Selectboard

Stockbridge Central School Registration for 2020/2021 is now open.

Stockbridge Central School is now registering students for the 2020/2021 school year. Please click the link below to register your student for our preschool program (for both 3 & 4 year olds) or kindergarten program.   If you are new to the area and have older students please contact the school directly for more information @ 234-9248.  We are a small school with a big heart and our academic offerings are vast, with both our Kindergarten and Preschool classrooms offering outdoor education and winter wellness (with ski lessons).  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lindy Stetson @ lstetson@wrvsu.org.  If you  would like to register your child today please use the following link: SCS Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon!