Grass Fire Burns Nearby Railroad Ties; Three Fire Depts. Called Out

3-17-14 - grass fire near hwy 2


A grass fire that set ablaze used railroad ties just south of HWY 2, Northeast of Grand Island Monday kept area firefighters busy for several hours...burning several acres in the vicinity.


The Grand Island Rural, Wood River and St. Libory Fire Departments were on scene for several hours battling the flames.


Grand Island Rural Fire Chief Chuck Hoffman says when firefighters arrived; firefighters worked preventing the fire from spreading.


Hoffman also says since the fire crossed nearby railroad tracks, firefighters had to take certain precautions.


Firefighters also had trouble with winds that reached up to 30-mph at certain points...rekindling some portions of the fire.


Smoke was seen from miles away and flames sometimes reached 10 to 15 feet high. Chief Hoffman also says over 20,000-gallons of water was used to combat the blaze.

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