Field Fire Spreads In Brown County

Brown County fire crews are working to contain a field fire in the area.

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

    Dry grass in Brown County helped ignite a fire that crews are trying to contain.

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

    Fire investigators say they do not know the specific cause of the fire.

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

    About six acres burned in Brown County on Monday.

A field fire burned about six acres in Brown County on Monday near Spearsville Road and Bell Road.

The fire started just after noon and it took fire crews a couple of hours to get it contained. No one was injured. At one point the flames were as high as 20 feet tall. The fire did get close to a couple of homes, but firefighters were able to contain it before it caused any damage.

Fire investigators from the Hamblen Township Fire Department, the department that headed the effort, say they do not know the exact cause, but they think it was likely started by a cigarette.

Fire crews from the eight departments responded to the scene. Those included Brown County Fire Department, Cordry Sweetwater Fire Department, Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department, Hamblen Township Fire Department, Jackson Township Fire Department, Morgantown Fire Department, Nineveh Township Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources.

Brown County is under a bun ban and fire officials say today’s incident proves how dry the area still is despite some rain showers this weekend.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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