Busy weekend for local fire departments

Published 11:34 pm Monday, February 16, 2015

The weekend proved busy for area fire departments as they were dispatched to 13 calls on Saturday and Sunday, and another five on Friday.

Saturday’s fires proved difficult for firefighters due to winds.

On Valentine’s Day, volunteer fire fighters were dispatched to seven calls from 11:21 a.m. until 1:31 p.m.

Area fire departments were dispatched to Rose Hill Road in Dozier, Hart Road in Florala, Beulah Church Road and Hwy 331, Hub Road near Dozier, Brooklyn Road, Beasley Street in Andalusia and McPhail Farm Road.

Opp Fire Department responded to a tractor fire on Bealuh Church Road at 11:52 a.m., on Saturday.

“Upon arrival firefighters found the tractor fully involved and the brush surrounding the equipment burning,” officials said. “Onycha Volunteer Fire Department was requested to respond with another brush truck due to the weather conditions.”

Gantt Area Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a brush fire that had spread to a camper trailer near Hub Road around 12:03 p.m., Saturday.

The department responded with seven volunteers and three vehicles and also requested mutual aid from Dozier Volunteer Fire Department.

“The camper was fully involved on arrival, with structures on both sides,” officials said. “Members quickly moved to protect the surrounding structures and extinguish the fire.”

Shortly after 1:30 on Saturday, Florala Fire Department responded McPhail Farm Road where a controlled burn had gotten out of control.

Nine volunteers responded along with two fire engines.

“Upon arrival, firefighters found a large fire outside of the containment line,” officials said. “The fire was very hard to access. Brush 6 gained access via a logging trail and began to attack the fire. Engine 5 staged at a nearby residence to protect it.”

Alabama Forestry was called in due “to the inaccessibility of the fire.”

“The wind shifted several times and jumped the fire line,” officials said.

Alabama Forestry deemed the fire under control around 5:04 p.m., and some 50 acres outside of the original fire line were burned.

On Monday, River Falls Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a call on Gantt Road where a call came in that a grass fire had gotten out of control.

When units arrived they found an abandoned mobile home completely burned.

Units were able to contain the fire to the area.

Officials said the fire appeared to have been arson.