Wind whips up brush fire in Trenton

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TOWN OF TRENTON — A brush fire destroyed about 15 to 20 acres of field off Posey Hill Road Tuesday afternoon.

A statewide burn ban remains in effect until mid-May.

Trenton Joint Fire Chief Kevin Kalk said a resident on Posey Hill Road was burning leaves when the fire started spreading due to “high winds” in the area at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“The homeowner was burning leaves, and it got out of control due to the winds,” Kalk said this morning. The homeowner called 9-1-1 and volunteers found several acres on fire when they arrived on the scene. Kalk said the firefighters used a UTV, hand tools and Indian packs to knock down the flames.

“Our crews were able to quickly contain it,” he stated. The flames were under control in about 25 minutes.

Crews remained on the scene for about an hour checking
for any remaining hot spots.

No structures were damaged and nobody was injured, Kalk said. The Sheriff’s Office and state police are investigating.

A statewide ban on the burning of dead vegetation is in effect until May 14, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. First time offenders can face up to a $500 fine.

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