On a very hot and dry Monday morning, units from Jacksonville and Long Green were alerted to the report of a combine on fire in the area of Jarrettsville Pike and Blenheim Road. Engine 473 and Brush 472 responded on the initial call. As units approached the scene, a large column of smoke was visible. Engine 473 arrived to find a large combine on fire along with approximately two acres of freshly cut wheat. Command was then established and four additional engines and brush units were requested immediately. Units extinguished the combine fire and then began to knock down the rapidly spreading fire in the field. The fire was under control in about an hour and ended up consuming three acres of wheat. Upon returning to the station, it was realized that a water cooler had been left at the scene. Upon arriving back at the incident, U477 discovered that the combine had caught fire a second time in a different area of the field and a fire was rapidly spreading once again. Units were immediately called back to extinguish what ended up being about two acres of wheat.
June 21st, 2010
Units Handle Multiple Large Fires in Wheat Field (Local Box 47-18)
Jacksonville Units: E471, B472, E473, M475, SU476, U477
Other Units : E381, B384, E17, B17, E302, E101, B1