Brush fires spring up with first warm day

It did not take long.

On the first spring day that had real warmth in the air, a spate of brush fires sprung up in the county.

There is a lot of moisture in the ground, but also a lot of withered plants from last year and very little new green growth.

Of course, a strong westerly wind with gusts around 25 mph contributed greatly to the conditions.

In about a 60-minute span, reports of four different brush fires buzzed over the scanner in the newsroom:

– The first came at about 2 p.m., a brush fire on Steubenville Pike. Lisbon firefighters responded with mutual aid provided by West Point.

– The second was in the 10,000 block of Bayard Road in the western part of the county. This seemed the largest, with Minerva firefighters being joined by crews from Hanover Township, Homeworth and North Georgetown.

– Ten minutes or so later a fire started in a residential yard on Hilltop Road off Depot Road not far from Guilford Lake in Hanover Township. The fire reportedly was getting close to a trailer. With Hanover units out on Bayard Road and Lisbon on Steubenville Pike, dispatchers toned out the Winona department to handle that fire.

– The final call came in the eastern part of the county, where New Waterford firefighters responded to a brush fire in the 4000 block of Unity Line Road at about 3 p.m.

Three other brush fires sprang up later in the evening, off McIntosh Road near Highlandtown. Two occurred near East Palestine, one off Jimtown Road and the other near state Route 170. Palestine and Negley crews responded.

No injuries were reported in any of the fire calls.