Area firefighters keep busy with grass fires over the weekend

Grass Fires

A grass fire burned an estimated 50 to 60 acres in extreme southern Mercer County on Saturday afternoon.

The location was just north of the intersection of Routes Y and JJ the Spickard Fire Protection District used around two-thousand gallons of water in extinguishing the fire.

The cause of the fire was unknown and no injuries were reported with firefighters on the scene more than two hours.

The Spickard Fire Protection District was assisted by the Grundy and Mercer County Fire Protection districts.

The Mercer County firefighters helped briefly before getting called to a blaze east of Princeton off Geyser Avenue.

During the fire near routes Y and JJ, a Spickard department brush truck became stuck in mud attributed to a spring. Firefighters on other brush trucks prevented flames from getting to the stuck vehicle.

Richmond said the grass fire the Spickard department fought spread quickly with low humidity was a factor.

Spickard firefighters extinguished a small grass fire Saturday evening west of Spickard in a ditch along Route A just north of Route C. Richmond said about 500 to 1000 feet of grass burned. The cause was unknown and there were no injuries. Firefighters were on the scene about 15 minutes.

Spickard firefighters Sunday afternoon extinguished a grass and timber fire that burned about 110 acres east of Spickard.

The blaze started on the Clinton Coon property and spread to other properties.

Flames rekindled Sunday from a controlled burn that was attempted Saturday night but there were difficulties keeping it lit and it was thought the fire was out.

The location was about one mile east of Spickard along 110th street. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries.

Firefighters from the Mercer County, Mercer, and Medicine Creek Fire Protection Districts fought a grass fire later Saturday afternoon east of Princeton that burned an estimated 300 to 400 acres.

That fire was attributed to a controlled burn getting away with the location of the fire reported to be off Geyser Avenue.

No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene over four hours.

A grass fire burned about 80 acres and caused minor damage to a house south of Chillicothe Saturday afternoon.

Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright said mutual aid was sought from the Dawn and Green Township fire departments and law enforcement was requested to control traffic because of heavy smoke crossing Highway 65.

The location was along highway 65 near Route JJ. The property owners were listed as Adam and Melanie Daugherty and Ruth Ann Steele.

Firefighters arrived to find several acres of tall grass on fire as well as the yard near the residence. The fire line extended one-half mile wide in CRP grass. Firefighters were on the scene more than two hours.

Just before that blaze, Chillicothe rural firefighters extinguished a small grass and timber fire early Saturday afternoon northwest of Chillicothe when about one-half acre burned at 8067 Route Y.

The blaze started from the burning of a brush pile on property owned by Dennis and Kelly Benson.

There was no damage to any structures at the site northwest of Chillicothe and no injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene slightly over 30 minutes.

Chillicothe firefighters, late Saturday afternoon, extinguished a small grass fire on state right of way near 4708 Route Y.

The cause of that fire was unknown.