Scout Ranch fire burns 80 acres

By Dave Rogers | Published Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Firefighters from Runaway Bay, Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport worked around the clock Thursday and Friday to extinguish a grass fire that burned 80 acres at the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch on Lake Bridgeport.

The Boy Scout camp had already closed for the fall, and firefighters were able to protect all the camp’s structures, said Marc Dodd, Wise County fire marshal.

It was a tough slog for the responders, who had to battle the blazes through heavy brush and across rocky inclines. And, after the fire was believed contained, it reignited, jumped a fire break and caused the firefighters to be recalled to the scene.

Dodd said the blaze started from a downed electrical wire. Firefighters, with Wise County Emergency Medical Service units standing by, were called initially at 1:40 p.m. Thursday. A track loader from Wise County Precinct 4 cut a fire break to contain what was left of the fire late in the day and most responding firefighters left the scene by 9 p.m.

Within an hour, Dodd said, they were recalled after the fire jumped the fire break. They battled the rekindled blaze until 4 a.m. Dodd said he called in two task forces from the U.S. Forest Service to relieve the local firefighters and conduct mopup operations.

The Task Force members remained at the scene early Friday afternoon.

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