Sparks from a cutting torch ignited a grass fire that burned dozens of acres

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – April 11, 2018

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Dozens of acres of grass burned April 10 after sparks from a cutting torch ignited grass north of NE 10th Street and east of K-61. Adam Clark said he was cutting a metal post for a fence for Rocky Patterson when a spark ignited the grass.

Clark said he called 911 but the wind pushed the fire north to a small row of cedar trees on the south side of a residence. Clark went to house to alert the residents but no one was at home.

Township 12 firefighters were quickly on site and got the lawn fire stopped just a few feet south of the residence. But the wind pushed the fire north through tall grass. Several Township 12 and Emergency services as well as a unit from Iuka fought the fire that burned dozens of acres of grass.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down and most of the hot spots out in about an hour. There was no damage to the house but a lot of grass and trees were burned. No one was injured in the fire.

 

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