Monday, July 4, 2022

Fire danger still high!

A series of three fires in less than 24 hours has kept local firefighters busy around the county.

A brush fire Tuesday night, in a power-line right of way within the Shawnee National Forest (SNF), resulted in minor damage to the forestland thanks to local fire departments.

Vienna Fire Department personnel responded the fire early evening near Bowman Bottoms Road and Interstate 24. The fire was in a remote gorge in central Johnson County.

Fire departments from Vienna, Buncombe, Goreville and SNF were able to prevent the fire from spreading into the forest.

It is believed a tractor used to mow the right of way started the fire.

The Vienna Fire Department responded Wednesday afternoon to a vehicle fire at 1001 Hess Street in Vienna.

When firemen arrived at 4:00 p.m., the pickup truck was fully engulfed in flames. The truck was parked in the front lawn of the house. The truck was a total loss.

The heat from the fire also did considerable damage to the siding on the house.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Buncombe Fire Department responded to a field fire Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 29 that scorched approximately 12 acres of brush and undergrowth in the Tall Tree Lake area near Buncombe.

The fire was located on the Maze farm, approximately a half mile north of the lake on Tall Tree Lake Road.

Fire departments from Goreville, Vienna and the Shawnee Forest Service also responded.

Buncombe fire chief Sue Davis said the land was leased to Rusty Cunningham of Marion. Davis said Cunningham told her he had been smoking in the area.

Fire fighters were on the scene for two and half hours.

No injuries were reported.

The fire department is grateful that the new day and age has brought with it technology to help them do their job quicker. For instance, these calls come in and the firemen can be dispatched within the minute, thanks to advanced software. As well as a fire department records management system where each event can be recorded.

Hopefully, like in all these cases, there will be no injuries or death. However now, making sure they get to the scene as quickly as possible to continue to prevent harm, is their number one priority to achieve.

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