Campfire burns grass, into trees
■ Dryness, wind + fire=danger. PAGE 1.
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Five more minutes and winds five miles an hour stronger may have resulted in a much bigger fire last Wednesday at Oltman’s Grove, northwest of Enders Lake.
Firefighters from the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) were summoned at 10:30 a.m., after the fire was reported by personnel with the Game & Parks Commission.
Fire Chief Nick Schultz said a Game & Parks employee was checking bathrooms in that area when she smelled smoke.
Upon the IVFD’s arrival, Game & Parks personnel were on scene with a small water tank applying water. Adding the IVFD units the fire was out quickly, Schultz said.
The fire started from a campfire that had not been completely doused.
“Logs were still smoldering,” he said.
A slight south breeze helped advance the smoldering campfire into nearby grass and trees. Had conditions been different, Schultz believes they would have been fighting fire in the trees nearby.
However, they had it under control by 11 a.m.
The IVFD brought two quick attack units, the rural tanker/pumper and additional tanker to the scene. Firemen were also at the barn in Imperial ready to bring additional tankers if needed, he said.
Schultz, noting the very dry conditions, reminds area residents that anyone involved in a legal campfire must make certain all residue is completely extinguished before leaving the scene.