A fire quickly ignited a field on the southside of Dickinson Friday late afternoon, but surrounding fire departments worked fast to extinguish the flames from reaching any structures. According to Dickinson Fire Chief Jeremy Presnell, the field appears to be less than 100 acres.
The Dickinson Fire Department received a call at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, about a field fire in the 600 block of Eighth Street. The Dickinson Rural Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene, and the extra help stopped the fire from crossing the roadway, Presnell said.
Flames were 3 to 4 feet high when fire departments showed up at the field, Presnell continued. The fire was extinguished within 30 to 45 minutes, Presnell said, adding that fire personnel monitored the area for three hours, putting out hot spots with water hoses.
“We were able to stop it from crossing the road. So we did have structures threatened but because we were able to get there so quick we got it under control (and kept the fire) from getting into the structures,” Presnell said.
A total of 12 fire trucks from both the Dickinson Fire Department and the Dickinson Rural Fire Department were at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Presnell noted.
“We're still investigating. We have no idea. We just got a report of a field on fire. (When) we got there and the field was on fire, it was moving extremely fast,” Presnell said. “... We are in severe fire weather with fires all around, so we just want to remind people (there’s) no open burning, no home bonfires or anything like that going on while we're in the high fire danger that we're in.”
During the three hours, fire crews rushed to fire hydrants near the area to fill up their fire trucks with more water, while other firefighters continued spraying down the field and the one tall tree that stood scorched.
The Dickinson Fire Department would like to remind the public that Stark County is currently under a high fire rating, and all burning including outdoor/backyard fire pits, fireplaces and chimineas are prohibited. Gas grills or pellet smokers are allowed.
For more updated information regarding the Fire Rating Map, visit ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps.