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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Four rural fires extinguished Saturday

  • Michael Dobson, fire chief with the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District, reported the district was called to four outdoor fires Saturday, March 15. No injuries were reported at any of the fires.
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  • Michael Dobson, fire chief with the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District, reported the district was called to four outdoor fires Saturday, March 15. No injuries were reported at any of the fires.
    “As a result of the activities of surrounding fire departments on Saturday the Marion and Ralls County Commissioners were contacted in regard to a fire ban,” Dobson said.
    The Marion County fire ban went into effect Saturday afternoon with the Ralls County ban going into effect that evening. “We ask the public to refrain from outside burning until we can lift the ban when vegetation begins to green up,” Dobson said.
    “The ground is currently soft, but the grasses and vegetation are dry and when the winds pick up in combination with the low humidities the fire danger is high.”
    The March 15 fires were:
    • 6:17 a.m. at 59370 Flint Hill Road, where it appeared that a previous grass fire had ignited a tree. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour to extinguish the fire in the tall tree. There was no property damage.
    • 12:34 p.m. at 10294 Highway O, owned by Scott Gallaher where brush piles were being burned and wind spread the fire into the dry grass. Firefighter were on the scene about an hour and a half to contain the fire to about three acres. There was no property damage.
    • 2:10 p.m., called for mutual aid to Monroe City Fire Department, which was committed to another fire to 3326 County Road 240 (off Highway Z). Hannibal Rural firefighters worked with Palmyra Fire Department firefighters where a CRP controlled burn (grass) fire had gotten out of control. Firefighters worked for about two hours to contain this fire to about 30 acres. The property is owned by Danny Ruff. Property damage was limited to some small hog sheds.
    • 4:13 p.m., in the area of Valley Lane off of Monkey Run Trail in Ralls County, where a fire was in the hills surrounding the area. Firefighters were challenged by the rugged terrain in the area and were limited to using rakes and leaf blowers to contain the fire to about 30 acres. Hannibal Rural had requested help from New London FD but they had to be diverted to yet another fire on County Road 420. Hannibal Rural firefighters were on the Valley Lane fire for about three and one half hours. There was no property damage.
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