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21 grass fires in 12 days
Firefighters are working lots of field blazes as grass fire season kicked off in late February and early March.
High winds and dry conditions cause these fires to spread rapidly, according to Ken Holbrook, fire chief in Holly Springs.
Between March 1 and March 12, Holly Springs firefighters handled 21 grass fires, 26 medical calls, five structural fires, made two rescue calls and responded to one smell of smoke call.
Holly Springs Fire Department crews responded to a grass fire at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday near Evangel Road and Highway 178 East last week with two brush trucks and three pumpers. While firefighters and Marshall County Forestry Commission crews brought that blaze under control, a call came in to a fire on Duck Pond Road north of Holly Springs. A brush truck and engine were dispatched immediately from the area where firefighters made their stand in the curve of Industrial Access Road near Roura Iron Works.
Three forestry units responded to brush fires Friday, March 3, according to Leon Giglio. They fought a fire in the bottom east of Spring Creek which spread from there to Higdon Road and across to Stinson Road, he said. Forestry workers were in that area protecting homes, he said.
Holbrook said most of the grass fires appear to be intentionally set.
Two other suspicious structure fires that took place Sunday morning are also under investigation, Holbrook said.
Firefighters responded to the Pit Stop, an unoccupied structure on Highway 178 East around 4:40 a.m. About half the structure was saved.
A second call came in around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, to the old warehouse building behind Marshall County Lumber. An office inside the warehouse was involved.
Holbrook said neither of these structures were hooked up to electricity and there was no obvious source of ignition visible. He labeled both fires suspicious.
Holbrook asked anyone with any information regarding any of these fires to call the Holly Springs Fire Department (252-3938), the Holly Springs Police (252-2122), Marshall County Sheriffs Office (252-1311) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-729-2169). Callers may leave tips anonymously.
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