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Bullard Fire Burns 30 Acres

A grass fire which started from an illegal burn ended up charring about 30 acres in northern Cherokee County today. It happened in Bullard on County Road 3608 around 1:30 this afternoon. Officials say it started when a man was burning trash and debris on his property.

The high winds picked up some of the embers, and carried them across the street where they quickly ignited. The fire spread within about 40 feet of a home. Volunteer firemen say they were able to protect the house because of the additional help they got from the Forestry Service.

"We were having to pull our trucks off the head of the fire down there because of the extreme fire behavior we were facing," said Bullard Volunteer Fire Department Chief Keith Newburn. "The 'hel-attack' was able to drop some loads in on it, and get some anchor points set in on the front. Then we could come in, and start mopping up behind it. That was a tremendous savings to us."

Chief Newburn told us the man responsible for starting the blaze had been given two prior warnings for outdoor burning. He was issued a citation today.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting. lwilcox@kltv.com


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