Van Sparks Brush Fire Along Highway 65
Highway 65, North of 160Photo: Image by Eric Lansdown
Western Taney County Fire crews have had a busy weekend with fires, the most recent was a grass fire that was sparked by van that was on fire this afternoon.
Numerous fires along the road spread on highway 65 near mile marker 14 to Branson.
The fire extended as far along highway 65 north to highway 160. Traffic was contained to one lane because of the fire and a non-injury crash.
Information from news release . . .
Firefighters from the Western Taney County Fire District responded to multiple grass fires along Highway 65 from just north of Branson to the Hwy 160 intersection this afternoon.
The initial reports were of a grass fire at the 14 mile marker of US Hwy 65. While responding, other reports of more fires along Hwy 65 were reported. A report of a van on fire on US Hwy 65 at US HWY 160 also was reported.
It was determined that the fires along the roadway were caused by a mechanical problem with the van which was throwing sparks into the grass along the roadway as the vehicle traveled north on Hwy 65. The driver then noticed the van on fire and pulled to the shoulder of the road at the Hwy 160 exit. The van was destroyed by the fire but fortunately the only occupant was not hurt. The cause of the van fire was undetermined due to the extend of damage to the van.
Traffic was backed up several miles as one lane of Hwy 65 was closed for over an hour for several miles. During that time, a 2 car vehicle accident occurred at Hwy 65 and Hwy F but no one was hurt in that crash.