Friday, May 3 2013, 03:10 PM CDT
Fire crews keep grass fire from growing
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- It took fire crews 20 minutes to get stop a grass fire.
Fire crews responded to a two-acre grass fire in the 200 block of Livingston Way around 3:32 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Rural/Metro.
The fire was reported by a neighbor who noticed that burn piles were growing and no one was attending the fires.
Officials believe the burn piles were started around 2 p.m., but were left unattended. Officials say the property is bank-owned and the bank likely hired someone to clean up the land.
About 18 firefighters responded to the fire and stopped its progression within 20 minutes. There were no injuries.
"This is a perfect example of why everyone needs to be extremely careful when burning right now," Rural/Metro spokesman Mike Shaw said. "It is not OK to leave your burn piles unattended even for a little bit when we are experiencing summer-type weather.
Fire officials warn that burn piles can escape quickly and cause a lot of damage.
"The combination of hot weather and the wind is not good, especially if you are trying to burn," Shaw said. "The only different between right now and fire season is that people are still allowed to burn."
Fire officials suggests that people limit their burning to the morning hours, explaining that the cooler weather helps keep fires under control.
People should not burn in windy conditions.
And officials suggests that people keep their burn piles small and manageable.
When burning, keep water on site and never leave a burning pile unattended.