VILLA RIDGE, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Fire crews took a ‘by all means necessary’ approach extinguishing flames with water and even stomping them with their boots out to make sure a brush fire near Villa Ridge didn’t spread Thursday afternoon.
Early this afternoon, Wyatt Barnett got a call from a neighbor who smelled smoke. He went to check his land, saw fire spreading fast, and called for help.
“It was ten foot flames in the middle of the field,” said Barnett. “The wind was up it was on top of the hill. It took no time to move around.”
Area fire departments are remaining highly vigilant, and focusing on protecting residents above all else.
“We want to make sure we protect the structures first and then we worry about getting the rest of the fire under control,” said Eureka Fire District Chief Scott Mullins.
From Villa Ridge to Pacific, a brush fire along I-44 near 141, and last night’s fire near Winfield, Missouri, the conditions are ripe for fires to start and it doesn’t take much more than a spark.
“The conditions are such that we want to make sure people are very, very careful with outside burning,” said Mullins. “If you have an outside fireplaces and pits at your house, the wather conditions are such that those can be dangerous too.”
As fire crews cooled off after hard and hot days work, Wyatt Barnett breathed a sigh of relief knowing the damage to his property wasn’t worse.