Fire Department fights fourth grass fire in two days

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Selma Fire Department with help from the Volunteer Rescue Squad quickly contained a brush fire on King’s Bend Road in Selmont Tuesday evening.

The fire spread over a large field with three-foot tall, dried out grass and burned despite fairly soggy conditions on the ground.

Though the cause was not immediately apparent, SFD captain Troy Anderson said recent dry weather and high winds allowed the fire to burn fairly heavily before the SFD arrived on the scene.

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Though one of their trucks got bogged down in the muck, the workers on the scene were quickly able to contain the fire.

The grass fire is one of a handful to spark in the area over the last day or two. Anderson said conditions have been right for more fires.

With the fire spread out over roughly a two acre area, the SFD put out the blaze with their hoses until the truck got stuck.

Then they beat the fire back until they could get water to the farthest reaches of the fire.

A witness on the scene of the King’s Bend fire said he saw a man in a green truck near the blaze, but Anderson said he didn’t expect the fire was anything other than an accident.