Firefighters Called-Off From Emergency Training Confrence To Battle Dangerous Grass Fire

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, September 19 2012 at 6:11 PM, Updated: Wed, September 19 2012 at 6:38 PM

When the call came in around 2 p.m. fire crews were in training, that prompted Jackson County Fire Chief to call on volunteers to begin battling the grass fire. The fire spread quickly up hill through extremely dry material catching some large trees on fire and nearing homes on the hillside. Fortunately, the home owner, who was in the in the construction phase, had built fire lines around the parameter. Fire officials say that not only like saved his home from burning but it also help them contain it before it could spread further. Another factor that aided fire crews was the lack of afternoon wind, which normally picks up in the summer evening. The fires origin was unclear but officials are looking at a spot near a power pole. At the top of that power pole is a birds nest. It's not clear if the bird was around or if it had picked up burning debris and dropped it nearby. The cause is still under investigation. No one was injured and no homes where damaged. The fire damage is estimated around 3 acres. Two helicopters were used to drop water and an air tanker (62) dropped fire suppression material.

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