Rural fire departments and their volunteer firefighters were once again put to the test on Tuesday afternoon, when two fires were burning simultaneously in Ralls County; a third alarm triggered quick response; and a fourth fire was reported at Bailey Bridge Road across from Route T.
To fight the first fire, reported at 17724 Magnolia Road, between Routes A and H, the Center Fire Department called for mutual aid, requesting brush and tanker trucks from New London at 3:10 p.m., and from Perry at 3:25 p.m.
A call for another natural control fire came in around 4:20 p.m. The Perry Fire Department left the scene of the Magnolia Road fire and headed across the county to Irvine Lane, north of Perry.
Upon arrival at the Irvine Lane fire, firefighters learned that the fire was a controlled burn in progress.
At 4:37 p.m., Center reported the Magnolia Road fire was out, but that firefighters would remain on the scene for an extended amount of time, putting out hot spots. The Perry department was told not to return to Magnolia Road fire scene.
Instead, they responded to an alarm at 5:28 p.m., for a fence row fire on Route J, . 2 miles north of Highway BB.
At 5:39 p.m., that call was canceled, but firefighters in the area stopped to extinguish a fire they found near Irvine Lane.
At 7:46 p.m., the New London Fire Department was called to a wood and field fire at 17063 Bailey Bridge Road across from Route T. The fire was reported to be behind a residence.
At 7:54 p.m., New London tanker truck en route with one on board; the NL brush truck with two on board; Pumper 1 with one on board; and Brush truck 2 with two on board.
Fire was contained to the Dotson property, and was reported under control at 8 p.m. Firemen were in contact with the family.