Brush Fire Thursday Afternoon Near Lake Stone

March 28, 2008

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Three fire departments and the Florida Division of Forestry responded to a brush fire near Highway 4 and Killam Road Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported behind a residence on Highway 4 about a mile west of Lake Stone about 3:00. A Division of Forestry pilot flying over the scene initially reported that several residences along Killam Road might be threatened by the fire. The Century Volunteer Fire Department, McDavid Volunteer Fire Department and the Flomaton Fire Department joined at least two Forestry tractors in containing the fire.

Firemen on the ground said that it appeared structures were threatened to the pilot in the air due to drifting smoke, but actually the structures were not in immediate danger.

The Forestry tractors were used to create a fire line around the fire, containing it in an area estimated to be about seven acres. The fire was declared under control about 4:15, with the fire departments returning to their stations and Forestry remaining on scene.

Preliminary information indicated that the fire began when the wind carried embers into the woods from a brush pile being burned behind a home in the area.

There were no injuries reported in association with the blaze.

Pictured top: A Forestry tractor breaking out of the woods creating a fire line. Pictured below (scroll down to see all pictures): Fire trucks staging on Killam Road, a burnt area behind a home on Highway 4 and a look at the fire burning several feet into the woods. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos, click to enlarge.

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