TOMMY MILLSAPS | THE ADVOCATE & DEMOCRAT
Firefighters responded to numerous fires in Monroe County this weekend, including this brush
fire in Corntassel Estates. Windy weather flamed the fires, but no injuries were reported. This
fire destroy some outbuildings and a woman was cited for causing the fire.
|Published: 12:36 PM, 01/30/2014
||Last updated: 12:36 PM, 01/30/2014
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Area fire departments fought numerous
brush and other fires this past weekend, with several going on at the
same time across the county.
Crisp, dry brush, low humidity and 20
to 25 mph winds fanned the fires that started early Sunday afternoon
with several in and around the Vonore area and one on Red Pond Road
near Sweetwater. The fires were so numerous state foresters were
called out and help came from surrounding counties, which were also
battling their own fires on the tender box day.
Just after 1 p.m., firefighters were
called to 235 Corntassel Estates where a brush fire was ongoing.
According to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report, Ruth McMahan,
66, Beaver Road, Vonore, said she was burning leaves in her yard and
left the fire unattended for five minutes. She said when she
returned, the yard was on fire.
According to the report, in addition to
burning a field, neighbors reported the fire damaged a vinyl fence, a
garage an out building and a semi-trailer.
McMahan was cited for reckless burning
and setting a fire without a permit.
See full story in the Wednesday, Jan. 29, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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