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Sullivan firefighters battle rash of brush fires

Kacie Breeding • Feb 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Several brush fires cropped up in Sullivan County on Tuesday.

The Sullivan West Volunteer Fire Department doused two out-of-control fires just off the Sullivan Gardens Parkway on Tuesday afternoon.

The first, located on Church Road, burned an estimated 4 acres, said Lt. Josh Baines with the Sullivan West VFD.

No permit was obtained for that brush fire, he said.

Just as they were snuffing out the last spark there, a second fire cropped up off Lone Star Road. It burned about 2 acres, Baines said.

Baines didn’t know Tuesday afternoon whether anyone had a permit for that fire.

About 2:45 p.m., the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department also worked a brush fire.

Bloomingdale VFD Capt. Tim Riner said that blaze burned about an acre of brush behind Cheekwood Drive at the intersection of Ferncliff Drive.

Apparently, a controlled burn got out of control while it was left unattended, Riner said.

Fire officials from both departments offered some advice for anyone looking to burn a pile of brush or trash.

First, check the weather — if it’s windy, don’t bother.

Second, get a permit before you start.

Third, stay with the fire until it’s out.

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