Firemen climb steep hill to create fire-break on Little
All three county fire departments were fighting forest fires in different parts
of the region last night. Extremely dry conditions with newly fallen leaves
whipped by "Indian Summer" winds have contributed to the volatile
situation, according to Forester Joe Taylor.
Fires burned on Little Creek, Euclid-Nicut Road and Oka Road during the
evening, with the Grantsville VFD also answering a dumpster fire near the
Calhoun County School Board Office in Grantsville.
Late Tuesday night a fire near Euclid-Nicut Road about seven miles from
Orma, was still burning. The Arnoldsburg VFD responded to that location on
a steep mountain above the highway at 6:02 p.m., since the Upper West Fork
VFD was already fighting a forest fire on Oka Road. That fire, which was a
re-kindle, was reported at 5:35 p.m. two miles from the Irene Gunn farm. It
was brought under control by 8 p.m.
Both the Upper West Fork and Arnoldsburg VFD's were on the Euclid-Nicut
fire late Tuesday night, with the Big Otter VFD in Clay County placed on
standby. Forester Joe Taylor, who first went to a fire on Little Creek, was on
that location. That fire was first reported last Saturday and has been brought
under control several times, to re-kindle during the past four days.
Euclid-Nicut fire is difficult to reach, around this steep
About 75 acres burned in an area near the Little Creek Road about two miles
from Creston. The Grantsville VFD responded at 4:46 p.m. after the fire
crossed a hill between Bear Run and Little Creek Road.
Eight-year-old Ashley Arthur called 911
Firemen and volunteers from the neighborhood fought the blaze, bringing it
under control by 8 p.m. "We were really fortunate on this once," said Taylor.
Part of the fire was on property belonging to Jerry Campbell. Eight-year-old
Ashley Arthur called 911 to report the blaze.
Smoke rises in distance on Little Creek Hill
Leaf blower is among newer fire fighting tools
The weather forecast has been calling for rain showers, which could bring
some relief to the situation.