Kentucky: Area Fires Keep Fire Fighters Busy
Written By: Gerran Thomas
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Marshall and McCracken Counties in Kentucky have ordered emergency burn bans. Four departments there dealt with brush fires they were able to put them out without major damage. A field fire near the USEC and TVA Plants in McCracken County put plant managers on alert.
The fire broke out around 3 Sunday afternoon between Ogden Landing Road and Anderson Road in West McCracken County and took more than two hours to get under control.
Patches of fire were all that remained of a massive blaze that took area fire fighters hours to control. Twenty-five mile an hour wind speeds made battling the blaze difficult. "The wind dried the top of the bush and the fire ran on top of the grass but the ground was still wet so we got out vehicles stuck several times," says Donald Elrod, Chief of West McCracken County Fire Department.
Fire Departments from across McCracken and Ballard Counties were called in because the location of the fire made it especially dangerous. "It's the sage fields in the brush underneath the TVA Power lines, the Power lines that lead to USEC," Elrod added.
The fire grew close to the TVA Power Plant and the USEC Uranium Enrichment Plant (which deals with hazardous materials) but crews kept it from reaching either plant. USEC managers called in extra staff because at about the same time, a disconnect switch inside the plant perimeter set off alarms and the USEC Fire Department was dispatched. "When they got there they saw 2 small ground fires outside the switch but still in the plant perimeter," says Georgann Lookofsky, USEC Public Affairs Manager. People at USEC don't think the fires inside the perimeter were related to the larger field fire about a half mile away.
An investigation into what caused the fire is expected Monday. The West McCracken County Fire Department says it has not received reports of any injuries from the field fire.
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