Dry conditions conducive to grass fire

By Donna Celaya
Montgomery County Chronicle – March 27, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 24, 2014

One mini van and a car sustained severe damage inside and out from a grass fire that raced to within yards of the Church of Christ, FedEx and Fink Transportation just north of town Saturday. A second mini van, parked between the two badly burned vehicles and with a bumper sticker that stated, “God’s in Control,” appeared to have sustained much less damage, although tires on the front of the vehicles were flattened.

“We responded around 1532 hours (3:32 p.m.) Saturday to a grass fire behind the FedEx building. Upon arrival of the first crew, there was a grass fire that had extended into vehicles at that location. Mutual aid was requested, and we received help from Cherryvale Rural Fire and Sycamore Rural Fire,” said Cherryvale’s Acting Fire Chief Jesse Reed.

Cherryvale firefighters have been called out to combat more than a dozen grass fires in the past week.

Some field fires this time of year are set intentionally by landowners to burn off crop residue, weeds and small trees to increase crop production. Farmers are reminded to check weather conditions before burning fields to guard against having the fires whipped out of control when winds pick up and spread sparks and flames.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster