Around 2:20 p.m. Monday, Mount Carmel firefighters responded to 1121 Loyds Chapel Road where several acres were burning after a sudden wind spread a small brush fire.
Public Safety Director Jeff Jackson said there was no wind when the property owner set a small fire to dispose of some brush, but an unexpected gust spread the fire into his field.
Jackson said the Mount Carmel Volunteer Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Carters Valley VFD, as well as several local neighbors and the town's public works department.
"The fire was spread out so big it made it hard to catch from all sides at the same time," Jackson said. "But we were able to keep it from spreading to the woods or getting to any houses. It got real close to a couple of them (houses). We were able to get it out using water from the fire truck, the flappers that are made for beating the fire out, and we did use a couple of fire extinguishers out of the cruisers."
Jackson noted there was one house and a cemetery that would have been in jeopardy if the fire had reached the woods. He estimated that 3-4 acres were scorched.
“We appreciate everyone who pitched in to help,” Jackson said. “It was a team effort, with everybody in the right place at the right time.”