Woodland fire burns 80 acres and threatens home

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – July 18, 2018

Photo by Paola Fire Department

Paola and Osawatomie firefighters worked together Friday to get control of a woodland fire that burned 80 acres and threatened a home in rural Miami County southeast of Paola.

Paola Fire Chief Andy Martin said Paola crews were called to the area of 319th Street and Oak Grove Road at about 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon in response to a report of a woodland fire.

Martin said the landscape was full of cedar trees, which fueled the fire and made it difficult to contain.

“Cedar trees go up like a ball of fire,” Martin said.

Paola firefighters brought multiple vehicles and pieces of equipment to the scene, including three brush units, an engine, tender, UTV and rescue unit. Osawatomie sent two brush units to assist, Martin said.

The firefighters attacked the sides of the fire, and Martin said they were careful to not get in front if it. The occupants of one nearby home were evacuated, but Martin said the fire was contained just as it got to their driveway.

The firefighters also did some preventative back burning to slow the woodland fire down and ensure it did not reach a large nearby field with hay bales.

Martin said the fire started when workers from a construction company left the area where they had been burning brush piles, and the fire spread into the woodland area.

The fire was under control at 7:41 p.m. Friday, Martin said.


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