IDNR Fire Burns Out Of Control In Rural Fults

IDNR Fire Burns Out Of Control In Rural Fults

(6:05 p.m.) After nearly three hours of battling a blaze along a steep bluff in rural Fults, firefighters have gotten the out of control "controlled burn" under control. Volunteer firefighters from Maeystown and Prairie du Rocher trudged up and down the bluff to put out hot spots. 

Bluff Road has reopened between Fults and Rocher. 

This week IDNR was conducting a controlled burn in the flatland of the Kidd Lake Marsh along the bluff between Rocher and Fults. It is regularly conducted as a fire management tool to eliminate kindling, thus preventing large-scale fires. But today's wind gust spread the fire across Bluff Road and onto the steep bluffs of the Monroe County bottoms.

Maeystown Fire Chief Lynden Prange happened to be driving along Bluff Road just after 3 p.m. when he noticed the fire had been blown from the marsh across Bluff Road and igniting the bluffs' woodland and brush. He put the call out to the Maeystown and Rocher Fire Departments to rush to the scene and get the situation under control. 

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(3:20 p.m.) A section of the bluff is on fire just south of the Village of Fults. Firefighters from Maeystown and Prairie du Rocher have been dispatched to the area between the head of the Fults Nature Preserve and Kidd Lake Marsh. Strong wind of 20 mph is whipping through the area fanning the flames. 

in the flatland of the Kidd Lake Marsh along the bluff between Rocher and Fults.  With today’s wind, the fire got out of hand around 3 p.m., and the IDNR crews were unable to extinguish it themselves. At that point, local volunteer firefighters were dispatched. 

- photo - Hotspots continue to shoot smoke and small flames into the air high above Bluff Road in rural Fults.