Brush fires keep area firefighters busy Saturday

Firefighters from the Donnellson Fire Department chase a brush fire down into the timber south of Hwy 2 near Hillcrest Saturday afternoon. About 75 acres burned according to Donnellson Fire Chief Fred Hoyer. PCC Photo by Chuck Vandenberg

Story updated with firefighters being called back to the scene Saturday night.

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG

PCC EDITOR

LEE COUNTY – Two large brush fires kept area firefighters from Donnellson, Montrose and Jackson Township busy Saturday.

According to Donnellson Fire Chief Fred Hoyer, about 75 acres of land caught fire south of Hwy. 2 just east of 218th Street and south of Hillcrest Road. Hoyer said he believed it was a controlled burn that got out of hand.

“People don’t realize these fires create their own air and the wind picked up a bit,” he said.

Firefighters were called back out at around 7:00 p.m. Saturday night to the same location where the fire had gotten out of hand again

Meanwhile, Jackson Township and Montrose fire departments responded to a large brush fire near Belfast Road west of Argyle earlier Saturday. No information on that fire is available at this time.

Lee County had lifted a burn ban late last week.

Donnellson Fire Chief Fred Hoyer looks out of land scorched by a brush fire at about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Hoyer said about 75 acres burned in the fire. PCC photo by Chuck Vandenberg
A Donnellson firefighter comes up from the timber with a shovel after helping control a brush fire that had gotten down into the trees Saturday afternoon. PCC photo by Chuck Vandenberg.

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