Three fire departments called out; fire jumps Highway 7

Galena Sentinel Times – March 19, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 7, 2014

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An estimated 200-300 acres were burned along Hwy 7 south of Scammon on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Three fire departments responded to the call around 1600.

The fire has unconfirmed origins but was a suspected controlled burn that was fanned by an increase in wind speed. The original call was for Coalfield road and Highway 7 south of Scammon. By 1630 the fire had managed to jump the highway but was stopped short by the combined efforts of Columbus, Scammon and West Mineral Fire Departments. The three departments brought considerable assets to bear down on the fire. Scammon and West Mineral manned two trucks a piece and Columbus had around six trucks themselves.

The combine effort of the three departments was able to get it under control in around three hours. Losses were the estimated acreage totaling almost half a section with no known structures affected and the loss of an unknown number of hay bales.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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