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Police, firefighters respond to brush, leaf fires in Oak Creek

April 21, 2014

Oak Creek police and firefighters responded to two fires, both caused by a resident or business burning leaves or brush, on April 10 and 11.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

In the first incident, the Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a ditch fire in the 9000 block of South Chicago Road at 12:55 p.m. April 10.

The fire, which was extinguished before firefighters arrived, was caused by someone who was burning leaves nearby. Apparently, an ash flew into the ditch due to gusting winds, which caused damage to a 100-foot by 30-foot area. No citation was issued.

In the second incident, police and firefighters responded to a report that a grass fire was out of control in the 800 block of West Oakwood Road at about 12:10 p.m. April 11.

The owner of The Cellar was burning a small brush pile near a shed when the winds changed and the fire spread into a wooded/grassy area and burned about one-quarter acres of his property.

An officer used an extinguisher to knock out the flames, and the Oak Creek Fire Department saturated the area to prevent further flare-ups. No citation was issued to the property owner due to the unpredictable wind shift.

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