Yard debris fires spread; one causes significant damages

From staff reports

Less than 24 hours after battling a house fire, Burton Fire District firefighters responded to two brush fires in one hour on Saturday, March 3, both caused by unattended yard debris fires, with one fire causing extensive damages.

Crews responded to the first brush fire at 1:58 p.m. on Goethe Hill Road. Firefighters extinguished a slow-moving brush fire that is believed to have been caused by an unattended yard debris fire.

The homeowner stated he was burning yard debris and went into the house, and when he returned, he witnessed a large spreading fire. Two fire trucks extinguished the fire with no damages.

Burton fire crews responded to the second brush fire at 2:44 p.m. on Joe Allen Road. Firefighters arrived to find a spreading brush fire that had consumed a vehicle, a riding lawnmower, a boat, and was encroaching on a garage/barn.

Firefighters were able to cut the fire off before the home was damaged. The fire was caused by a yard debris fire that was left unattended by the resident who was trimming trees. Three fire trucks were needed to contain and extinguish the fire.

The Burton Fire District has responded to 15 brush/trash fires, and nine illegal burns in 2022.

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