Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
April 8, 2013 11:09 am EDT


BRINKHAVEN — A large grass fire Sunday on Brinkhaven Road offered a serious reminder of how easily spring yard and field fires can get out of control. A resident was burning brush and fallen tree limbs from over the winter when the wind picked up and the fire spread.


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Chief Larry Stimpert of Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District told the News the department battled the fire for five hours with mutual aid from College/Monroe Township, Bladensburg, Glenmont and Killbuck EMS. The response included 37 firefighters.

“Being the hilly area that it was in Brinkhaven, fire travels up and out, so it traveled uphill,” said Stimpert.

Water was not as critical in extinguishing the fire as was manpower, Stimpert said. Firefighters were used to rake the foliage and burnable material back into the fire to create a fire line. One structure was partially burned but was extinguished before it was consumed.

Stimpert estimated his fire district has already had as many as six grass fires in the last two weeks. He also said there is information, advice and laws about open burns on the department’s website at

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