More than 3,000 acres burned from Saturday on into Sunday in the Russellville and Quinton area.
Crowder Fire Chief Gary Brooks said, “About 16 homes were threatened but only two outbuildings were burnt. The fire was in the Russellville and Quinton Fire Departments area. “
Brooks said they are referring to the fire as “the Lick Creek Fire “ because of the location.
“Almost all of 28 fire departments in Pittsburg County responded plus about seven dozers and a road grader, plus one Chinook helicopter,“ Brooks said. “This fire basically jumped every control line that was put in plus county roads. “ A control line is a method firefighters use where they cut away trees and debris to leave very little to be consumed and to be a catalyst in the fire.
“Our Fire Department alone spent over $300 just in fuel costs at this fire, “ Brooks said.
Brooks said the pilot of the Chinook helicopter hauled 1000 gallons of water made 33 water drops.
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