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Burned brush reignites

April 17, 2008
From staff reports
It took three volunteer fire departments about three hours to quell a brush fire that reignited Wednesday afternoon in the Bramblewood Heights area just outside of Marietta.

The Warren, Oak Grove and Barlow volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze, which burned about two acres at 260 Greenbrier Circle, said Warren fire Chief Mark Wile.

It was “about a medium-size brush fire,” the chief said.

Charles Warner, who lives at the residence, said he had been burning brush outside his house on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, he noticed there was a fire in the spot where he had been burning the previous day.

“It re-flared up today,” he said. “We thought we had it under control, but it flared up again and we had to call (the fire departments).”

Wile said it probably took about an hour-and-a-half to get the fire under control, but longer to finally douse it.

“The biggest problem was a big hollow tree that we couldn’t get to and couldn’t get out,” he said.

The tree, which was still standing, was burning on the inside, while branches caught fire and fell to the ground, making it dangerous for firefighters to approach, Wile said.

Firefighters at the scene said the house was not damaged.

A total of 33 firefighters responded, Wile said. There were two brush trucks, a tanker and a pumper at the scene.

After firefighters had been on the scene for several minutes they requested an additional tanker from the Barlow department.

Wile said this is prime brush-fire season and his department has already responded to about five. He reminded people they are only allowed to burn brush between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Warner apparently followed those rules, but did not get all of the fire out, Wile said.

People should pay attention to controlled burns at all times, the fire chief said. When finished, they should “rake everything out” and make sure all flames are doused, he said.

Sometimes, when the burned brush is in a pile, flames can still smolder underneath, causing it to reignite later, Wile said.

Article Photos

PATRICK COOLEY The Marietta TimesA volunteer fireman hoses down burned brush that reignited in the Bramblewood Heights area Wednesday.



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