Rural firefighters called to blaze threatening homes

By Tim Unruh
Salina Journal – April 10, 2015

Rural firefighters were sent to a housing development southeast of Salina just before noon today to fight a grass fire.

Hannah Stambaugh, director of Saline County Emergency Management, said the fire was initially a controlled burn, but raged out of the control of people in the 3300 block of South Holmes Road.

“They did not have the proper personnel or equipment on hand,” she said.

Several homes were threatened, Stambaugh said, along with chicken houses and storage sheds along Ashley Lane, just west of Holmes Road and south of E. Brad Way.

“We started knocking on people’s doors to let them know this was going on,” Stambaugh said.

She was not aware of any residents evacuating.

“They’re still out there fighting it,” Stambaugh said at 12:35 p.m.

Firefighters were encountering many “hot spots,” she said, including burning tree limbs, logs and brush piles.

Shortly before 12:30, a Journal reporter on the scene noticed heavy smoke and a number of fire trucks in the 3100 block of Holmes Road.

Traffic was still allowed to pass on Holmes, he said, and it appeared firefighters were heading close to the blaze with “brush trucks.”

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