Fire fighters worked to put out the blaze on Flowers Road/photo by Courtney Clark
It took nearly eight hours to get under control, but no homes were damaged in a massive field and forest fire that began on Lewis Road near Crofton Thursday afternoon.
The first call went out around 1pm of a fire near 1563 Lewis that reportedly began when a tree fell and knocked a power line down in a field. The blaze quickly spread in the dry conditions and Crofton and Mannington fire-fighters would receive assistance from almost every department in Christian County including the Hopkinsville Fire Department.
Fire-fighters from Todd, Muhlenberg and Hopkins Counties also assisted in addition to workers with the Kentucky Department of Forestry. The Pennyrile Parkway was shut down in both directions for several hours. before being re-opened around 12:45am.
The blaze jumped all four lanes of the parkway, but fire-fighters got the new flames put out before they spread very far. Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller said no homes were damaged by the blaze thanks to the hard work of the dozens of men and women who worked in extreme heat.
Flames got as close as 100 yards from a Flowers Road home, but they were stopped put out before making it to the structure.
Captain Miller said crews were mainly working on dousing hot spots by 9pm—some eight hours after the fire started.
The Red Cross, Christian County Rescue Squad and North Christian Community Emergency Response Team all assisted in the response.
One volunteer fire-fighter was overcome with heat early in the afternoon and required a trip to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, but he would be okay.