Bond County Firefighters Issue Burn Ban Until Saturday

Multiple fires in the county over the weekend had local departments going from one fire to the other, and the windy dry conditions have compelled the county fire chiefs to issue a burn ban in Bond County until at least March 29th. Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston said the ban will remain in effect for one week and then be reassessed on Saturday.

Friday afternoon, a fire was called in on Lake Road that started as a grass fire, then spread to a trailer. At one point, around 10 different fire departments were either on hand, providing mutual aid or standing by. Greenville, Shoal Creek, Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Pocahontas, Hillsboro, Taylor Springs and New Douglas were all involved in extinguishing the fire. Johnston said the trailer was a complete loss but he didn’t believe anyone was living in the trailer, and no one was hurt.

Thirty minutes after the fire on Lake Road started, a timber fire was reported on Jake Town Road at 4:55 p.m.  Mulberry Grove and Greenville fire fighters were called to the scene to fight that fire. At one time Friday evening, nearly every fire fighter in the county was engaged in fighting these fires.

Shoal Creek firefighters responded to a reported grass fire yesterday at 1:15 p.m. on the 400 block of Round Prairie Avenue, west of Prairie Road. Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid at Shoal Creek’s request for a brush truck and additional man power. The two departments worked together to extinguish the fire. According to the report, firefighters were on the scene for over two hours.