Barry County fire consumes 25 acres

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A brush fire along the Barry and Stone County line consumed approximately 25 acres of scrub brush, fields and woods on Tuesday, July 24.

Central Crossing Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the call, which sounded at approximately 3:16 p.m. The fire was located on Lake Road YY-15 just east of Highway 39.

Units arriving first at the scene determined the fire was moving quickly across a field and into a heavily wooded area.

"The fire was wind-driven and started rolling through tree tops and cedar glades in the area," said Central Crossing Fire Chief Rusty Rickard. "Due to its location and the wind was driving it toward several homes, we called for additional resources."

Units from the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department and Southern Stone County responded to the blaze, along with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, the Barry County Sheriff's Office and Cox Ambulance service.

A total of 68 emergency responders, using trucks, bulldozers and a helicopter, fought for approximately 6 hours to contain the blaze.

"Most of the fire was in a heavily timbered area with thick brush and rough terrain," Rickard said. "Due to these conditions, the fire was not accessible to fire trucks, and much of the work was done by hand.

"Due to the heat and dry conditions, several homes were in danger," he continued. "We appreciate the additional firefighters and emergency responders who assisted in battling the fire. There were no structures damaged and no injuries occurred."

Rickard said the exact cause of the blaze remains unknown, but since the fire started near a roadway, a discarded cigarette or firework was the possible ignition source.

"Thanks to the quick and aggressive attack by responders, the fire spread was kept to a minimum," Rickard said.

Country Fresh Market provided food to volunteers throughout the evening.

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