Firefighters respond to large brush pile fire

Leavenworth Times – July 5, 2017

Firefighters made two trips to a rural Leavenworth residence Sunday night to battle a large brush pile fire, a fire department official said.

Firefighters made two trips to a rural Leavenworth residence Sunday night to battle a large brush pile fire, a fire department official said.

The fire was reported around 9 p.m. at 18268 Michals Road. The fire melted vinyl siding on a house, but no injuries were reported.

Rick Huhn, chief of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1, said a massive brush pile, which he estimated to be about 20 feet in height and 50 feet long, was being burned on the property.

“It’s huge,” Huhn said of the pile.

Huhn said the pile consisted mostly of trees that had been cleared on the property. No burn permit had been issued for the property.

“He had flames probably 80 feet in the air,” Huhn said.

The fire chief said heat from the flames melted the siding on a house that was located about 70 feet from brush pile.

“A brush pile that big puts out a lot of heat,” Huhn said.

He said firefighters initially used about four truckloads, or about 4,000 gallons, of water. He said one truckload was used to protect the house. The remaining water was used to battle the fire.

Huhn said firefighters were unable to completely extinguish the fire, but they were able to knock it down.

“It will pick back up, but it will pick up slowly,” he said. “It won’t flare up like it did.”

Firefighters returned to the location around 12:30 a.m. that same night and sprayed two more truckloads of water on the fire.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
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