Grass fire east of Tindall started by cigarette tossed from vehicle

Firefighter

Dry grass and several big bales of hay burned Sunday east of Tindall.

The Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District was called to the scene that was on the east side of Highway 65 and north of Route O.

Rural Fire Chief Kenny Roberts reported about five acres burned along with approximately 20 big bales of hay. He also stated it appears a cigarette had been thrown into the ditch on the east side of 65 igniting the dry grass. The high winds then spread the blaze. There was considerable smoke but no structures were damaged.

According to Roberts, the owner of the land is Curtis Provance and the owners of the hay were Matthew and Jeremy Chambers.

The Grundy County Ambulance and Grundy County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene. Those emergency vehicles, with lights flashing, were parked along the shoulders of 65 both to the north and south of the fire in an effort to alert motorists to smoke crossing the highway, potentially obstructing vision.

In the afternoon, Grundy County Rural assisted the Galt Fire District in extinguishing a grass fire within Galt’s jurisdiction. No details were available.