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Several fires ignited across county
JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Fire crews battled the wind to fight fires across the region.
The Labelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department faced 5 separate fires beginning at 9 a.m. and returned to several after they reignited.
This is pretty abnormal, said Deputy Rod Carroll with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office. I think it's due to the dry conditions we're having out here and the wind. Every time the wind kicks up, it's really blowing these fires quite a distance.
In addition to the wind and the dry conditions, firefighters couldnt get the best position on some of the fires because of their marsh-like conditions, one of the reasons they had to make return trips to some of the areas.
The fire department went out there, they fought it originally on the roadway, knocked it down but what happened, some of the ashes went off on the field which is realistically a marsh which is inaccessible to the fire department, said Carroll.
He believes the fires were started by residents who tossed lit cigarettes into the field or left controlled burns unattended.
We're going to continue to monitor it. If any structures are threatened, we're going to deal with as a needs basis, he said.