Firefighters work to put out grass fire in Lancaster Co.
By: Melina Matthes
Volunteer firefighters work continuously putting out a grass fire in Lancaster county. The weekend fire burned approximately 250 acres and it continues to flare up. It's kept rural firefighters on their toes. In fact, more than 10 different departments were there over the weekend.
Firefighters have been working non-stop since the fire started Saturday afternoon. Monday they've been battling winds and extremely dry conditions, making flares up highly likely.
Nearly 150 firefighters and 55 rigs worked to put out these flames Saturday. Since the original call crews have had to come back continuously to put out flare ups.
“This is our biggest concern right now, this unpicked corn because now that the wind is shifted out of the south any hot embers that roll back over the Mopac are gonna get in there and the fights gonna be on,” Southeast Fire Chief John Porter said.
They say it could be weeks before the fire is completely out. And each time flames reappear, these men and women, who are all volunteers, rush to the scene.
“The thing that I like to say about the volunteer firefighters is that they actually have two professions and one of them is their job that puts their food on the table and pays for their kids clothing and so forth and the other one is their job of being a firefighter because our training is trained at the same standards as the paid departments,”Alvo Rescue Captain David Morgan said.
Across the United States, 25 million rescue and fires calls come in every year and 20 million of those are put out by volunteer firefighters just like these men and women.
“It's a sense of community and a sense of service to the county. All these guys give up their Saturdays, they left their homes, the football parties, whatever, because it was a county all call, it was a major incident,” Chief Porter said.
Authorities say they could be fighting this fire for weeks. They urge others to join in the cause and volunteer to be a firefighter.