Grass fire easily extinguished Monday in rural Bourbon County

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Two grass fires in rural Bourbon County on Monday burned some land but did minimal damage, officials said.

Bourbon County Fire District No. 3 firefighters responded just after noon Monday to a grass fire in the area of 2508 Valley Road. BCFD Chief Delwin Mumbower said Tuesday the fire, which started as a controlled brush fire, was under control quickly.

"It was by the West Liberty Church east of Fulton," he said. "A guy was burning some brush and it got away from him. He pretty much had it under control by the time we got there."

Mumbower said he cancelled response from other fire units when it was determined the fire was contained. The fire burned about one-tenth of an acre of pastureland.

"The property owner had it out," he said. "There was a water faucet on the vacant lot and he had it under control."

Another grass fire sparked up about 2:40 p.m. in the area of 1901 Indian Road near Fort Scott Lake.

Scott Township Fire Chief Jason Eastwood said Scott Township was the only responding fire department and the fire was under control quickly. The fire, which also started as a controlled brush fire and spread, burned a total of about five acres of pastureland.

"It started as a brush pile and got into some short grass," Eastwood said. "We had it under control at 3:11 p.m. It was a landowner burning a small pile of brush."

Eastwood said firefighters encountered no problems containing the fire.