A brush fire scorched nearly six acres of woods along Bay View Road in East Sandwich Monday afternoon.
No one was hurt and no homes were damaged by the low, slow-moving flames.
One fire vehicle was damaged fighting the blaze. The Sandwich brush breaker got a flat tire after running over a stump on the way out of the woods.
A Bay View man’s beagle alerted him to the fire with nonstop barking, fire officials said.
“The homeowner heard his dog barking first and then smelled smoke,” Deputy Fire Chief Thomas A. Corriveau said.
The man called the fire department at 12:13 PM.
Deputy Corriveau said the homeowner used water from buckets and a hose to keep the fire from spreading near his house and to several boats he had stored on the property until the fire department arrived.
The fire traveled slowly away from the house toward the power lines, Deputy Corriveau said.
The blaze was under control within a half-hour but firefighters stayed at the scene for three hours to put out any hot spots.
Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the scene with three brush breaker trucks and a water tanker, from the Sandwich, Mashpee, Cotuit, Barnstable and Mass Military Reservation fire departments.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined. The homeowner reported that he had burned brush one week earlier but not since.