Mechanical issues ignite flames

By Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Globe – March 1, 2017

Photo by Vincent Marshall. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Vincent Marshall. Click on photo to view full-size.

A large grass fire was caused when a bailer had a bearing go out near 112 Road and Saddle Road on Tuesday.

The fire was called in at approximately 12:30 p.m. and covered about 70 acres.

“We are still in a Red Flag warning,” Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd said. “Looking long-range I don’t see and substantial precipitation in the forecast.

“But so far the last few fires we had were caused by mechanical malfunctions or equipment failure not from the dry weather.”

Boyd added that hay bails at the Saddle Road area reignited at around 5 p.m. Tuesday as well.

“The first time we were out there it took us about 2 hours,” he said. “The second time we had to go out it only took us 30 minutes to get it put out.”

Despite the Red Flag warning, Ford County is not in a control burn ban according to Boyd.

“People can still call in for a control burn,” he said. “The only other thing I would suggest is for everyone to make sure their equipment maintenance is up to code and to grease their bearings.”

At press time, a grass fire was called in around 2 p.m. on Wednesday near Ford County Feed Yard on Highway 400.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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