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Beware -- it's wildfire season

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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It's wild fire season in the Ozarks and residents are reminded to be extremely careful when burning winter's brush and debris. The above fire was apparently started from sparks in a contained area used to burn trash. Photo by Steven Looney
As spring approaches, many landowners will be working cleaning yards and property around their home. Most of the time, a controlled burn is handled properly and no problems occur. But, March is also the time of year for high winds and those wanting to burn should check the local weather forecast or local authorities before burning.

A resident at the home said the above fire began in a containment area used to burn trash with sparks from the fire apparently igniting the dry grass which spread quickly.

The Thayer Rural Volunteer Fire Department responded to the grass fire Friday afternoon at Oregon County Road 268 (old Shelby Hole Road), east of Thayer.

The fire charred several acres of dry grass, under brush and several pine trees before being contained. The resident used a grader blade on his tractor to assist the fire department's tanker trucks in stamping out flames. One car, which had been previously wrecked was destroyed, but no structures were damaged.



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