Firefighters Deal With Red Flag Warnings
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
September 11, 2012 6:47 PM
Grass fires on days like Tuesday can do an awful lot of damage to crops and property if they burn out of control. And volunteer fire fighters are often the first to put the flames out in rural areas.
Tuesday about 8 volunteer firefighters battled a ditch fire that stretched about a quarter mile down a gravel road south of Hartford.
“Anything can spark a fire out here whether it's a combine or a cigarette,” said James Buss of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department.
While red flag warnings can bring extra headaches for crews on dry, windy days for some it's just another day.
“We can have a grass fire any day. I guess these are just a little more dangerous,” said Buss.
“It’s always in the back of your mind when a grass fire comes in. It could be a bad one, but it’s really no different than any other day,” said Connor Vortherms of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department.
Volunteer firefighters, battling flames and putting out hot spots hoping to protect crops dried from a long summer of drought.
“It's just a ditch fire. But, the important thing is we got very luck here today that it didn’t get into the corn or into the beans. We potentially saved that farm from quite a bit of crop damage,” said Vortherms.