(KMOV) – Strong winds fueled grass and brush fires across the Midwest, and dozens of fire crews have been fighting fires across the St. Louis area all day.
Three of the biggest fires started in Potosi, Collinsville and Jefferson County. The most damage is in Potosi where firefighters are still battling three blazes. At least one home has been destroyed and others are in jeopardy.
More than 500 acres of forest have already burned, and several more are still burning. Firefighters think three major blazes were sparked by controlled burns that got out of hand when the wind whipped up embers.
Fire consumed one home on Tiff Road near Highway 47 Wednesday night. It ripped through 200 acres of trees and downed timber in the area.
In all, about 10 homes were evacuated as a safety precaution, and fire trucks have been stationed at each of those houses to protect them if the wind blows flames toward them.
Another blaze broke out at Highway 185 near the Woodland Lakes subdivision. Firefighters say they’re lucky that with something so big that no one has been hurt.
There was also another fire at Ridgeway Road at Highway 47 started Wednesday afternoon, and was still burning as of Wednesday night.
Potosi is heading the firefighting efforts, and had to call in the brush task force for backup.
Firefighters from as far as Ladue and Fenton to Cuba and Sullivan are helping tackle the blazes throughout the night.