Grant Co. Wildfire Leads to Evacuation

Grant Co. Wildfire Leads to Evacuation

24 September 2010

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USA —  When they heard a wildfire was headed their way, it didn’t take long for Sheridan residents like Mark Skorcz to leave their homes.

“I came up the road and thought the smoke was coming from my house and then I saw they had fire trucks all in the driveway.”

The fire began burning around 3 p.m. just off of Route 167 in Grant Co. Fire crews quickly evacuated the homes in the area and continued to fight the blaze four hours.

Right now, they are not sure what sparked the fire, but believe dry conditions in the county made it easy.

“It could have been a cigarette that was flicked out the window or wet hay that had dried out too much.”

Grant Co. is one of thirty counties currently under a burn ban. And some residents tell us they hope others will use today’s scare as an example of what can happen if you do decide to burn right now.

“They issue burn bans for a reason. It’s hot and everything is flammable right now.”

Authorities want you to know that summer IS over, but burn bans are still in effect. Fallen leaves, piles of brush, and dead tree limbs and plants can easily catch fire during these dry Autumn months.

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