Thursday, March 27, 2014
Authorities suspicious about grass fires
By SUE WATSON
Tracy Jeffries, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department fire investigator, voiced concern that some of the recent grass fires could have been deliberately set.
Others, in a rash of grass fires, may have been set to burn debris off farmland and then got out of hand, he said.
He asked residents to call 662-252-1204 to request a control burn or to report a grass fire.
“This helps the fire departments to know if there is an intentional fire set to clear brush,” he said.
Several fires kept firefighters and forestry workers running last week.
Jeffries said a fire on Scales Tower Road Thursday involved 15-20 acres.
A 30-acre grass fire was put out on Hudsonville Road in the Highway 313 area, but a structure was protected, he said.
Potts Camp Fire Chief David Cook reported two large grass fires. They occurred on Stinson Road at Lake Center in a spot that burns every year and on Jeffries Road at Lake Center the third week of March that burned up a barn and equipment. A third fire in the Potts Camp Waterford Road area, near Musgray Road, called out the Waterford Fire Department. Potts Camp firemen also helped fight the fire, he said.
A summary of fires in the Potts Camp and Waterford areas, released by Cook, include:
• on March 13 a control burn at 97 Whaley Drive (Potts Camp) got out of control.
• on March 15 at 5120 Old Oxford Road, a control burn got out of control.
• on March 16 at 2603 Johnny Walker Road a rubbish fire got out of control.
• on March 16 on East Pontotoc Avenue (Potts Camp) a grass fire was set.
• on March 19 at 90 Gandy Circle, a control burn got out of control.
• on March 19 at Bethlehelm/Whaley Road a grass fire was set on the side of Bethlehem Road.
• on March 20 a barn full of round hay bales burned and there was a large grass fire.
• on March 20, at 455 Stinson Road, a grass and woods fire also involved a forestry dozer.
• on March 20 in the 1100 block of Potts Camp Waterford Road a grass and woods fire was put out.
Jeffries asked anyone who sees suspicious activity or vehicles circling during a grass fire to take note and report it to him at the sheriff’s department at 662-252-1311 or to Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 800-729-2169.
“Understand, when they set these fires it could threaten structures,” Jeffries said. “It’s wearing the fire departments and forestry workers out.”
He said things that are not to be burned include household garbage, furniture, old tires and copper wire.
For those who want to get rid of old items such as worn-out furniture, bedding, etc., the county clean-up is being scheduled for two weeks in April.
Watch for the dates and locations for placement of dumpsters as they are published in The South Reporter.
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