Controlled burn gets out of control and scorches 40 acres in Summit, forcing closure of Highway 67

  • Source: Journal Sentinel
  • Published: 04/10/2019 05:51 AM

A controlled burn by a property owner in the village of Summit jumped into a corn field and resulted in about 40 burnt acres. According to Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen, the incident took place in the afternoon of April 6 on Highway 67 between Genesee Lake Road and Summit Moors Drive. Highway 67 was closed at one point due to a change in the direction of the fire toward where the fire trucks were parked. Bowen said the initial response to a grass fire is two grass trucks and a water tender. But when the corn field became involved, the call was upgraded so all of Western Lakes' stations responded. "We actually ended up having all three of our grass trucks, our two firefighting ATVs, which have water and hose on them as well," Bowen said. "So five vehicles that were able to be out in the field extinguishing the fire. On top of that, we had additional water trucks to keep filling up the grass trucks, fire engines, ambulances and our rehabilitation unit."


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