Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

County fire fighters were kept busy the last few days. The Columbus Fire Department got called out to a small brush fire Tuesday afternoon before being called to mutual aid with the Galena Fire Department.

That fire was started by a hay mower and was contained to about an acre according to CFD fire fighter Justice Gannaway.

The larger fire was initially worked by the Galena Fire Department and had actually started on Monday.

According to Chad Stapleton the fire on the corner of Southeast 80th and Wyandotte Road actually started Monday and rekindled Tuesday.

He said the fire burned a total of about 20 acres.

There were seven fire fighters from Galena on the fire both days. Fire fighters were on scene from about 4:30 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. Monday and from a little before 1 p.m. until just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbus sent a brush truck and three fire fighters both days and the Baxter Springs Fire Department had five fire fighters on scene both days.

The fires have been exacerbated by more than a month of extremely hot, dry conditions in the four states. Less than two inches of rain has fallen in Cherokee County since the beginning of June.

Fire fighters stress the conditions remain dry even with the small rains which fell on the area early Wednesday morning. Before burning residents should call the local fire department to get permission.