Road helps stop Robinson Township wildfire

Building winds spread a wildfire so fast, it couldn't really grab hold when it started shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Robinson Township Fire Chief Paul VanVelzen said.
Becky Vargo
Mar 7, 2012


Despite it being one of the biggest wildfires in Robinson Township in years, the wind and the paved road actually helped firefighters stop the blaze quicker than usual.

Nearly 2 acres of field and grass burned in the fire that was reported at the home of Robert and Lar Allen, 12090 N. Cedar Drive, VanVelzen said.

Lar Allen started a fire in a burn barrel, not realizing that the wind was picking up so fast, the chief said. The wind whipped burning embers into a field where the blaze spread underneath a van, pickup truck and a boat. VanVelzen said they were able to stop the fire before it reached a semitrailer truck and an outbuilding beyond that.

The wind blew the fire to the north, away from the Allen’s house.

“The nice thing about this one was it was blowing so fast it didn’t have time to get into the grass,” VanVelzen said.

There was no damage to the vehicles or any structures, he said.

Firefighters dumped about 1,700 gallons of water on the blaze to help extinguish it. They were on the scene about a half-hour.


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