SalineRiverChronicle.com has the full story on the wildfire that is burning in Bradley County.
Here is their afternoon update.
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A countywide burn ban went into effect on Monday.
County Judge Robert Akin and OEM’s Michael Frisby, along with DCSO deputies, also were at the scene.
Around 4 pm, Saturday, the Monticello Fire Dept. Arkansas Forestry Commission, Drew County Sheriff’s Dept. and OEM supervisor were dispatched to a woods fire, with houses close, located near HWY 83 and Garnett Road.
As they were battliing the fire, described above, 2 more grass and woods fires, were reported near South Bowser Road. Freenill Fire Dept, brought a brush truck to thre fire, as Drew County Deputies and the OEM officer also responded.
The first blase reportede was in the Valley & Greenill Fire Depts. area. They responded and put out the fire.
Next was a clear cut grass fire alonh HWY 35 West near the Cleveland County line. Rock Springs and Pansy firefighters were paged out to extinguish the fire, and the Arkanssa Forestry Commission sent a plow to keep the hot spots from spreading.
Collins-Cominto’s fire dept. also was busy, battling a barn firem on HWY 35 east.
Our appreciation goes out to the Drew County Firefighters.
Clear Creek Fire Department, which provides fire protection services to the northwest corner of Drew County, was awarded a $7,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation to assist in its purchase of wildland fire fighting clothing and a portable water tank and pump. The equipment will enhance the fire department’s abilities to combat forest and field fires. (more…)
Around 2 pm, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of a fire at this HWY 425 home.
Upon arrival, they were able to locate the fire, and contain it to the area of a ventilation fan motor.
The keyholder for the property complimented the Fire Dept. for their quick response and their ability to limit contain minor damage to only one room.
Major damage was done to the back of the structure.
No structures were harmed, and only an estimated acre of weeds was damaged.
Photos provided by MLive readers.
Friday, around noon, the Monticello Fire & Rescue Dive Team was called to Lake Monticello, where a couple fishing were trying to load their boat onto its trailer.
The building that was destroyed had housed the transmitters for KXSA radio, 103.1.
The story of a local 89 year old lady that didn’t panic, but instead calmly fought to free herself after her scooter turned over, throwing her into the edge of a pond, has gained statewide attention, as she was interviewed by KARK’s Josh Berry, about her ordeal, and how she found out about the search.
Around 8 pm Thursday night, the Monticello Fire Dept. was paged out to the report of smoke at City Drug, on E. Gaines Street.
Due to their quick response, only a box in the storage area was damaged.
Nikki Hood, co-owner of City Drug told MLive how much she appreciated the quick response of the local fire and police depts, and added that City Drug will open at 8 am, as usual, with breakfast and all services in full operation.
Pictured below are two MFD firemen responding to a call where a tree fell on power lines, causing a fire. Two vehicle, driving in the blowing sheets of rain, collided with the tree, lying across the road. No one was injured.
Both of these photos were included in the Good Morning America report.
Thanks to everyone who submitted storm damage photos to MLive to share with our readers.
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