WOODS FIRE IN CONWAY BURNS MORE THAN HALF ACRE

by Christian Mower on July 23, 2012

FIREFIGHTERS WERE BACK AT THE SCENE OF A BRUSHFIRE IN CONWAY MONDAY MORNING THAT STARTED AS A SMOKE INVESTIGATION SUNDAY NIGHT AND EVENTUALLY TURNED INTO A SECOND ALARM FIRE THAT BURNED MORE THAN HALF AN ACRE IN CONWAY.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS INITIALLY RESPONDED TO MINERAL SPRING ROAD NEAR KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL SHORTLY BEFORE 7 P.M. AFTER CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF RAY LEAVITT REPORTED SEEING SMOKE IN THE AREA OF PINE HILL.

RESPONDING UNITS FOUND A WOODS FIRE BURNING ABOUT 100 YARDS IN FROM THE ROAD. ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT WAS REQUESTED FROM DEPARTMENTS IN NORTH CONWAY, CENTER CONWAY, REDSTONE AND MADISON.

SOLOMON SAYS MOST OF THE FIRE BURNED BRUSH AND GRASSES ALONG THE GROUND ABOUT A FOOT HIGH, BUT SOME SMALLER TREES WERE SCORCHED. HE SAYS CONDITIONS ARE VERY DRY AND THE SOIL POWDERY SO THAT IT WILL BURN READILY AND BURN DEEP.

THAT’S WHY FIREFIGHTERS WERE BACK AT THE SCENE MONDAY CHECKING FOR ANY HOT SPOTS.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE SUNDAY NIGHT AND SOLOMON SAYS THEY USED HAND TOOLS TO MAKE SURE THE FIRE WAS OUT. THE CHIEF SAYS HIGH HUMIDITY HELPED SLOW THE PACE OF THE FIRE.

THE CONWAY POLICE LOG INDICATES FIREFIGHTERS REQUESTED A POLICE OFFICER COME TO THE SCENE SHORTLY BEFORE 9 P.M. SUNDAY AND THE OFFICER WARNED SEVERAL PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF FIREFIGHTERS

THE LAST UNIT REPORTED THE FIRE WAS OUT AND ALL CONWAY UNITS WERE CLEAR JUST AFTER 1:15 A.M. MONDAY.

THE CHIEF SAYS HE SAYS HE KNOWS WHERE THE FIRE STARTED AND IT WAS PROBABLY CAUSED BY SOMEONE WITH MATCHES OR A CIGARETTE – HE ASKS ANYONE WHO GO INTO THE WOODS TO BE CAREFUL HOW THEY USE AND DISPOSE OF MATCHES AND CIGARETTES.