2011-01-13 / Front Page

Fire Reported - Burn Ban Lifted - Caution Essential

Last Friday afternoon, Lexington Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire located at 1081 PR 7042 off FM 696 west of Lexington. Michael Milburn, Assistant Fire Chief for LVFD, said, “We are estimating that approximately 40 acres burned and the fire was probably caused by an electric fence that was knocked down, most likely by a deer or wild hog.”

Milburn continued, “We were on the scene for about 2 ½ hours. One major obstacle that we encountered on this fire (which is not the first time it has happened) is that the concrete pipes that Clear Water Transfer has strung out all over this county bisected the fire and you had to travel an extra 1,000 to 1,500 yards to get from one side of the pipe to the other. This may not sound like much, but the paths that we were traveling were over some pretty rough terrain and we were working as hard as we could to keep the fire from spreading. We could have used one more apparatus, but due to a lack of personnel available at the time of the fire the scene time was extended.”

Lexington VFD responded with two trucks and five firefighters, including Michael Milburn, Jarett Ahrendt, Chris Billings, BJ Brister and Robert Brister. Blue VFD also responded with one truck and two firefighters, which included Ben Burg and David Sherrill.

Milburn said. “We would like to thank BVFD for helping.”

Despite last Friday’s fire and in light of recent rains, Lee County Commissioners voted on Monday of this week to lift the Burn Ban that had been in place since early December. All Commissioners were concerned about the amount of dry grass and other combustibles, but with the rain received over the weekend, felt that removing the Ban was the best course of action at this time.

While outdoor burning is now permitted, the Court is asking all residents to continue to use extreme caution, especially with the high winds on dry fields.

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