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    • Wind reignites three week old burn pit fire, scorches grass, trees threatens home

    • On Friday, June 29, brisk winds fanned a burn pile that was last used three weeks ago to burn some brush and material from an old chicken house in a burn pit that used to be a circular vertical silo, said resident Debbie Calhoun who was home at the time of the fire. Nothing had been burned in the pit for three weeks at the site six miles west and two and a half miles north of Pratt. One of her four sons discovered the fire and the family tried to put it out but it was rapidly out of control, Calhoun said. The wind quickly spread the fire through a corral and into a grove of trees, setting several of the trees on fire. The surrounding area was covered with a thick layer of dead cheat grass that easily caught fire and spread quickly. The fire threatened an out building but it never caught fire. The wind blew the fire away from the house and it was not damaged although the fire was slowly back burning towards the house. Fire units from Cullison, Iuka, Township 12 and Pratt County Emergency Services joined to battle the blaze. It took several hours for units to get all the hot spots out and the trees proved to be difficult to get completely out. Later that evening, a fire unit was called back out to the farm to work on a tree that had re-ignited. No one was injured in the fire. 

      Posted Jul. 4, 2012