Multiple Fire Calls in Branson This Weekend
Information from news release . . .
At about 2:30 Friday afternoon, firefighters from Western Taney County Fire District were dispatched to a structure fire at 210 Madison Valley Lane near Kirbyville east of Branson. When firefighters arrived on scene, the house had heavy flames and smoke visible. Firefighters from several Western Taney County Fire District and Mutual Aid from Central Taney County Fire District responded to the fire which took approximately 5 hours to completely extinguish. Fortunately no one was home at the time of the fire. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
While firefighters were working at the structure fire, firefighters were dispatched to an additional large natural cover fire on JJ Hwy near Arnold Road. When firefighters arrived on scene, approximately 10 acres of field grass was on fire. Due to the low humidity, warm temperatures, and breezy conditions, the fire grew rapidly and the total amount burned was approximately 60 acres. Firefighters from Western Taney County Fire, Branson Fire & Rescue, Branson Airport, Omaha (AR) Fire Department, and Missouri Department of Conservation all responded and it took approximately 40 firefighters 6 hours to contain the fire. The cause of this fire was a farmer bailing hay when he noticed a fire in the field behind where he was working. He suffered minor burns to both hands but refused any medical care.
All firefighters have cleared the scene from both incidents as of this news release.
Firefighters would like to remind residents in the Branson Tri-Lakes area that this weekend's weather with warm temps, low humidity, and a lack of recent rain will make any outdoor burning get out of control quickly. If possible, please refrain from burning outside until our area receives rain to improve conditions. If you must burn, please keep water with you at all times and do not leave any fire unattended. If a fire should get out of control, please contact 911 immediately so firefighters can respond and extinguish the flames before a large fire occurs.