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Several blazes break out on ‘high fire danger’ day

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According to traffic across the scanner, today is a “high fire danger” day. Outdoor welding and burning should be avoided.

In the last two hours, local agencies have responded to five grass fires, three of which were under control as of 1:45 p.m.

Just after noon Sunday, Chico and Alvord fire departments responded to — and later rekindled — a controlled burn rekindle from the day before on Farm Road 1655, three miles north of Farm Road 1810 near Chico. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur firefighters responded to hay bales on fire at Eagle Canyon Raceway, believed to have been sparked by a race vehicle.

Boyd, Rhome and Cottondale firefighters battled an approximately five-acre grass fire on County Road 4680 near Boyd, believed to have been started by fireworks. It was under control and in mop up by 1:30.

As those three units cleared that fire, they were toned to another fire on Kristi Lane, north of Boyd. Decatur and Newark was also dispatched to the blaze, which was started by a fire pit in the backyard of a home.

Outside welding has sparked a 15-acre blaze on County Road 1736. Sand Flat, Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport units are responding.