Multiple Love County fire departments battle large grassfire Sunday afternoon
All of Love County was paged out to a large grassfire across from the Falconhead Country Club Sunday afternoon.
At around 1 p.m., Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Campbell said firefighters from his department, as well as around 15 others located throughout the county, responded to the fire near Pike Road.
“We were on it from 1 p.m. till about 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon,” Campbell said. “It got rough where we were at, we had flames up over our truck.”
A combination of large amounts of tall vegetation, deep gullies and high winds made the fire difficult to put out and much of the firefighting had to be done by hand.
“Once we put it out, it would go up underneath the grass and start back up at another deal,” Campbell said. “Plus there was just enough wind to move it fast enough that you couldn’t really keep up with it.”
The fire was also near several structures, including houses and barns. However, no structures were damaged. The fire burned around 20 to 25 acres before firefighters were able to put it out using hand tools.
Campbell said a spark from a gunshot may have started the fire. “We heard that there was a guy who was shooting at a shooting range with a rifle and hit one of the metal targets and sparked it.”
The recent weather conditions have been prime for high fire danger and will likely remain that way until around April, Campbell said. “We’ve been working so many (fires) I can’t keep up with all of them.”
Individuals are encouraged to use caution when engaging in activities such as smoking, welding, or anything that causes a spark, as fires can spread fast and become dangerous very quickly.