Area firefighters battle grass fire

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County Independent Reporter – March 20, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – March 27, 2014

High winds aided the spread of a grass fire for nearly a half a mile March 11 northeast of Wilson.

According to Wilson Fire Chief Larry Langerman, fire crews from Wilson, Ellsworth, Kanopolis, and Holyrood were paged to an area along Avenue E between Eighth and Ninth Road at 3:30 p.m.

Langerman said the cause of the fire stemmed from a controlled burn of a brush pile the day before. He said the person who burned the brush pile thought it was extinguished. While there were no signs of the fire restarting March 11, increasingly high winds in the afternoon caused the brush pile to once again ignite.

Langerman said the fire started on the north side of the road, then jumped the road and continued southward. In the process, nearly one-half mile of pasture and stubble ground were burned, as well as 10 round bales. No structures were harmed, and no injuries reported.

Langerman said soft ground caused traction problems for firefighters and dense smoke was also a problem. The high winds also briefly caused near zero visibility in the area due to blowing dust.

Firefighters remained on scene until 7 p.m. Langerman said Wilson was paged out again at 8 p.m. to extinguish a few hot spots.

When they returned to base, Langerman said it was snowing so hard fire crews had trouble seeing the road.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster