Fire Jumps From Pit, to Grass, Trees, Tires

BEATRICE –  The Beatrice Rural Fire Chief says firefighters used around 9,000 gallons of water to douse a rural fire at a former salvage yard, on Saturday.  Chief Jim Engel says contractors worked at the scene to cut away trees to keep the blaze from rekindling.

Engel says a property owner was doing a burn in a pit, which does not require a permit.  Permits have been banned in rural areas of Beatrice, due to the high fire danger.

Engel says some work has been underway to clean up the salvage yard at the location, north of Sargent Road.

:13                  “a lot of smoke”

Engel says there was a lot of brush in the area where the fire got out of control.

:42                  “helped us, immensely”

Beatrice Rural and Pickrell Firefighters fought the blaze Saturday and the fire produced thick smoke pushed by southeast winds, away from a home at that location.  Most of the firefighters and contracting equipment wrapped up work at the scene, at about 11 p.m……more than six hours after the fire sent officials to the scene.

Engel says personnel kept the fire from reaching a 25-acre CRP field north of the blaze.   Firefighters accessed a city hydrant to help refill tanks.

:34                  “of water”

Engel says this may be the driest spring firefighters have encountered in recent years.

:17                  “any cigarette”

Nebraska State Patrol officers and Beatrice Police helped restrict traffic along Sargent Road Saturday, as fire personnel were at the scene.

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