Wildland fire threatens homes Sunday

Butler County Times Gazette – May 6, 2014

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Firefighters made two trips to a wildland fire which started Sunday evening.

The incident began when the Towanda Fire Department was paged out to 5926 SW 60th early Sunday evening.

The incident commander arrived to find a large fire rolling through a heavily wooded area with numerous homes dispersed throughout the fire’s pathway. He made an immediate request for assistance.

Additional departments from Augusta, Benton, Douglas, El Dorado and Leon all joined in fighting the fire.

The dispatcher had sent an early report of five children in a mobile home being threatened. Firefighters sent their initial trucks to protect that home. That one and numerous others were protected from the fire.

Flames shot upwards of over a hundred feet into the air as large tree after tree was consumed by the fire. Firefighters fought the fire for four hours.

Firefighters returned to the scene early Monday morning, something common for a fire involving a forest of trees.

Firefighters returned at about 4 a.m. to find multiple areas on fire. Rekindled wildland fires sometimes aren’t a problem if the area around the trees is burned and there’s not homes in close proximity. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with this fire.

Firefighters had another multi-hour fire fight.

Firefighters from El Dorado are called back whenever the on-duty crews are out a prolonged time.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster