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Dry Weather Sparks Brush Fires

– Photo by Jack Gurner

Firefighters responded to a brush fire at the Oakhill Cemetery on Blackmur Dr. just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The fire was in a wooded area on the far south end of the cemetery. This was the second fire in recent days. Another blaze in the same general area occurred on Saturday and damaged a city-owned backhoe. The tires were destroyed and there was major damage to the cab area. (See photo in City Board Story below.)

Mayor Bill Norris reported later Tuesday evening at the Board of Aldermen meeting that the person responsible had been caught. According to a city worker, the suspect was living in the woods and said he started a fire to create smoke to ward off mosquitoes.

Fire officials are warning that conditions are right for brush fires. County firefighters and the state forestry department have responded to woods and grass fires almost every day this week. There is only a 30% possibility of rain on Friday and officials are asking the public to be careful with fireworks over the holiday.

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