Dry, hot conditions prompt county-wide grass fires

Dry, hot conditions prompt county-wide grass fires
Dry, hot conditions prompt county-wide grass fires | Jackson Road fire, martin Fire Department, George Young

BATTLING THE BLAZES – Martin firefighters Jay Woods (left) and Jeff Stricklin battle various ‘hot spots’ alongside Jackson Road outside of Martin Tuesday afternoon when a corn field caught fire leveling 11 acres.                       Photo by Elizabeth Lackey

It took virtually no time for 11 acres to char after the side of Jackson Road outside of Martin caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
According to the land’s owner, George Young, the property blazed within minutes of him arriving at the scene.
While it took very little time for the fire to run across a harvested corn field into a line of trees, it took 11 firefighters, one bulldozer and two brush vehicles to extinguish the fire.
Martin firefighters were called to the scene in rural Martin around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Once the department’s brush truck arrived at the location, personnel worked to ensure a nearby home did not catch fire.
Personnel arriving by engine worked to extinguish the hot spots near the roadside and within the tree line, while the Tennessee Division of Forestry was able to contain the fire to the harvested corn field and tree line.
Within two and a half hours, the fires were extinguished.
“The lack of rain, low humidity and high temperatures are creating extremely dry conditions that are really not right for anyone to be burning anything. If you plan on burning, please make sure you have a water source nearby. Surprisingly, there is not a burn ban in place, but I urge you to be very careful,” MFD Lt. Jamie Summers said. The Gleason, Sharon and Dresden fire departments have also been busy the last week with brush fires and a residential fire. “It’s dry out there and it will be until it rains,” Summers added.

WCP 9.23.10

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