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Controlled Burn Becomes Uncontrolled

April 25, 2012

Reno County Firefighters responded to a large rangeland fire that was planned as a so-called Controlled Burn. I guess you could say its name changed, it was no longer controlled.

The fire burned close to 600 acres of grassland and required assistance from a number of neighboring departments, including Stafford County. Stafford County sent four brush trucks and two tenders.

The unusually warm, windy weather made the firefight more difficult for firefighters. A number of firefighting tactics had to be incorporated to control the fire. The intensity of the firefight resulted in one Reno County firefighter being transported by ambulance for medical problems.

The fire was fought for close to three hours before it was controlled.

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