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Firefighters work up a game plan to control the flames of a grass fire on Bethesda Road in Mena on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Fire Barely Misses Homes Thanks to Rapid Response

BY MELANIE BUCK –

Members of the Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a large grass fire on Bethesda Road Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017, just after 3 p.m. The grass fire was threatening several homes in the area with high winds pushing the flames directly toward the line of houses. Ink Volunteer Fire Department, Mena Fire Department, and Polk County Emergency Management provided mutual aid.

While some firefighters were extinguishing the flames, others provided structure protection, barely saving a mobile home. Flames were within six feet of the mobile home and less than two feet from the air conditioning unit on the backside of the house. Three other homes were also immediately threatened, but the quick actions of firefighters saved them as well.

Once the head of the fire was under control, Arkansas Forestry Commission unloaded a dozer to take care of the backside of the large fire. No word yet on a cause of the fire or how many acres have burned.

Later that evening, fire fighters responded to the same area again, after a barn rekindled in the burnt pasture.

A firefighter can be seen in the bottom left fighting off flames and saving the mobile home from a rapidly moving grass fire on Bethesda Road in Mena on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, amidst high winds.

 

Members of the Dallas Valley Fire Department provide structure protection at a home on Bethesda Road in Mena on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Rapid response of several departments insured the safety of the home during a fast moving, wind pushed grass fire.

 

A grass fire on Bethesda Road in Mena on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, stretched across several acres with high winds pushing the flames rapidly through dry winter debris.

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