Close to four acres burn in grass fire


ARENAC TWP. — Snow left covering the ground in a wooded area likely prevented a grass fire that burned close to four acres from becoming a forest fire April 6, according to Omer-Arenac Fire Department Chief Brian Leja.

No one was injured in the fire, Leja said.

“We did get lucky with the winds (April 6), and there’s still snow in the woods, otherwise it would’ve got to the woods, too,” he said.

“That stopped it for us from going too far,” Leja continued. “We held it down, and it got to the woods and the snow put it out at the woods line.”

The fire, which occurred in a field on Hickory Island Road, was reported at approximately 1:10 p.m. Leja said grass fires start to occur frequently around this time of the year, because people think the ground is too wet to ignite.

“The stuff in the ground is still wet, but the stuff on top is dry,” he said.

Leja said the fire department turned over the case to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for an investigation into what caused the fire.

Firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 3:50 p.m. The Twining-Mason-Turner Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene.


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