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Brush Fires Blaze In Scott County

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There was fire after fire today in northern Scott County, first in Long Grove and then in McCausland. Firefighters said this is just the beginning.

Not one, but two in the same day. Making these the first two of the season for Chief Keith Louck of the Long Grove Fire Department.

"This was the first one we've had and obviously now McCausland's got the second one right now," said Chief Louck.

He had just put out 30 acres worth of fire on a cut corn field in Long Grove with help from McCausland, Eldridge and Donahue when his team was quickly sent to another in McCausland. 

Tall grass in a marsh wildlife refuge caught on fire when a neighbor was burning brush.

"Unless we get a lot of spring rain, unless the greenery comes through then we don't have to worry about it as much," said Chief Louck. "But, until then this is what we have to deal with."

Today's brush fire in Long Grove started with someone burning, then the winds quickly changed and caught a corn field on fire. 

"It's nothing we can get away from and we never will," said Chief Louck.

In McCausland crews could only get to the fire by four-wheeler or by foot. They had to pull over 1,000 feet of hose through muddy marshland to get water to the fire.

"Now that it's getting nice out and everybody's wanting to get everything burnt before everything starts turning green," said Chief Josh Luckritz of the McCausland Fire Department. "I'm sure this the first of many to come. Hopefully it's the last, but I doubt it will be.

Chief Luckritz says 3-4 acres were burned in this fire.  

Neighbors who live right next to the marsh say this isn't the first time they've seen a fire there.

"It's been a regular thing for the last several years," said neighbor Brian Holland. "Just a whole lot of smoke and fire again."

"About a year and a half ago it caught on fire," said neighbor Kristie Padavich. "Under the right conditions it can take off pretty fast. It doesn't worry me that much, we do have a lot of really good firefighters around here and they're very quick to act on it so, I feel pretty safe."

Chief Louck said firefighters have had practice.Last season they battled 15-20 brush fires just in Long Grove alone.

The chiefs said no one was hurt at either fire, but about 35 acres were burned. He advises not to burn brush in any kind of wind.


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