City, county fight multiple grass fires
by Jessica Loeding
Aug 30, 2011 | 2823 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A tree burns in an empty lot on Grove Point Way in the Carter Grove Plantation subdivision in Cartersville Monday afternoon as units from Cartersville and Bartow County fire departments battled a multi-point grass fire in the area.
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With a landscape like kindling, local fire departments have had their hands full with grass and woods fires.

Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Ray King said Monday night the department had worked an 8- to 10-acre blaze in Carter Grove subdivision late in the day.

King said the fire originated in a small cabin about 4 p.m., but it is unclear what caused it and where exactly the fire began. The conflagration remains under investigation.

Bartow County Fire Department assisted in controlling the blaze, and Georgia Forestry came in and cut fire breaks to contain the burn.

There were no injuries reported, and the structure was not occupied at the time of the fire.

BCFD also assisted Gordon County Fire Department, which was accompanied by surrounding agencies, in battling a 165-acre wildfire in Calhoun.

According to reports, the fire occurred north of Highway 53 in the area of Boone Ford Road when a tractor struck a rock, igniting a spark.

BCFD's wildland team deployed seven members about 1:30 p.m. Monday to aid GCFD. They were back in service about 8:30 p.m., according to a representative at BCFD Station 1.

Other small fires were reported in the area of Connesena Road in Kington Monday, and local agencies saw similar occurrences over the weekend.

King stressed the importance of fire safety in such dry conditions and with no relief in sight.

He said fires can begin with cigarettes, campfires and even sparks from grills carried by the wind. "They've got to be just ultra aware not to let those fires get out."

Bartow County has seen eight-tenths of an inch of rain since July 21, according to weather.com, and the immediate forecast calls for much of the same - sunny with highs in the 90s. The next best chance of rain comes Sunday and Monday when a 40 percent chance of precipitation is expected.