Grundy County rural firefighters continuously battled grass fires Saturday from late morning until late afternoon. Grundy County Rural Fire Chief Kenny Roberts said that it included battling two to three fires at the same time.
Four brush trucks, two pumpers, and a tanker truck were used during the approximate six-hour period. There were no injuries and no structures burned.
The first blaze was northeast of Trenton in a ditch and hayfield off Route Y. Ten acres and around 20 large bales of hay caught fire. The owner of the hay was listed as Zach Harris and the owner of the land was not known.
Roberts said he believes the fire started along the road by a cigarette being thrown out. Firefighters later returned to that location when hot spots rekindled.
The next location firefighters responded to was Route Z and Highway 6 where five acres burned on the Tom and Kathy Veatch property. Roberts believes that fire also was started along a road by a cigarette being thrown out. Firefighters were there for about 30 minutes.
A fire burned about 40 acres on the Marvin Knapp property west of Trenton. Roberts said Knapp was doing burning and the flames got out of control and burned pastureland. Firefighters were there a couple of times because flames rekindled. Roberts estimated firefighters were at that location a couple of hours.
Not far from that location, firefighters went to the Mike Arnold property where about
100 acres burned. According to Phil Hoffman, CRP land at that location was being burned Friday by Charlie Hoffman and the flames rekindled Saturday. Firefighters were there twice for a total of about three hours.
Firefighters also went to a blaze just south of Trenton. Roberts explained Casey Kitchen was burning pasture or CRP land on the John Anderson property and the flames got out of control spreading to nearby land south of the Barton Farm Campus. An estimated 30 to 40 acres burned.
Firefighters also were called about a grass fire in the southwest part of the county near Highway 6 and Route PP, however, firefighters from Jamesport were asked to extinguish that blaze since they were closer and Grundy County firefighters were battling flames elsewhere.