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Field fire in south Columbia burns 20 to 25 acres

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 8:32 p.m. CDT
A 20-25 acre fire broke out near Sinclair Road on Friday. The fire approached many houses but did not cause any damage. "The conditions are very ripe right now for a fast moving fire," Brad Fraizer, battalion chief for the Columbia Fire Department said.

COLUMBIA — Smoke hovered over West Route K on Friday evening as firefighters from the Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire Protection District controlled a field fire near Sinclair Road in south Columbia.

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said the fire involved between 20 and 25 acres of private property, but no structures were damaged. He said dry vegetation and high winds at the scene made conditions "ripe for the spread of a fast-moving natural cover fire."

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Chris Brown, a resident of the neighborhood across Sinclair Road from the field, said her children were outside about 4:15 p.m. when they spotted a fire atop a nearby hill. Shortly after, the fire swept across the field toward the road and the edge of the family's property.

The Browns and their neighbors began hosing down their yards and the brush near Sinclair Road to try to keep the fire at bay.

About 6 p.m., firefighters were working on doing a back burn to try to keep the damage contained to the area. Protecting property from damage was their top priority, Fraizer said.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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