South Summit crews battle brush fire along State Road 32
A three-acre brush fire forced the evacuation of one home along State Road 32 near Francis on Tuesday, according to the South Summit Fire Protection District.
At around 11:22 a.m., crew members, including Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer, and five fire engines were dispatched to S.R. 32 and Lower River Road for the Rhode Valley Fire. A home, barn and an outbuilding structure were threatened, according to Scott Nagle, a public information officer with the fire district. No injuries were reported.
“There was one home down below and it burned up to the fenceline of it,” Nagle said. “The homeowners were evacuated and we moved them just down the street for a little while.”
The blaze was contained within an hour and monitored for another five until it was extinguished, Nagle said. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
Last week, Nagle said crews responded to a similar incident where a structure was threatened by a brush fire near Marion. However, he added “we haven’t had too many fires.”
“If it keeps drying out more, than that we will see more because that is what it is really about,” Nagle said. “If we have some thunderstorms coming through, there is a lot of tall grass around up in the Wildland Urban Interface. If it dries out enough, it could happen.”
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