Bailey RichardsStaff Reporter
December 3, 2012
A forest fire in the Flat Gap community on Lower Second Creek threatened dozens of homes over the weekend.
Fire crews were called to the fire that was rapidly spreading across the dry grasses on Flat Gap Road around noon on Sunday. By setting fires to kill any fuel source for the encroaching flames, the Division of Forestry, Hazard Fire Department, Avawam Fire Department, Grapevine Chavies Fire and Rescue, and Jake’s Branch Fire Department were able to keep the flames away from homes.
The fire reached within feet of several roads and close to residences, though no injuries or damage was reported. One residence threatened by the fire was the home of Sam and Rebekah Neace. Rebekah said that it seems that a forest fire in the area happens about once a year.
“My sister called me at about 8:30 at night and said, ‘Do you see that fire behind you?’” Neace said, adding that they had been watching the blaze from their front porch while the flames were growing in the back of their home. “We didn’t even know it was behind us. It was within a couple of feet.”
The division of Forestry had set the flames behind the home to burn any dry brush and remove the fuel source in a controlled manor. The family took photos of the large fire and just how close it came to their home. Sam then turned it into a video.
The Division of Forestry said that around 250 acres of land burned on Flat Gap. Rebekah said that typically these fires are started by people and happen regularly in this area.
Crews began leaving the scene around midnight. While several areas were still burning, the flames were controlled and the fuel sources had been cut off keeping them from spreading further.