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.
The Christian County Board of Education held a special called meeting tonight to discuss and approve an annual renewable contract with the Christian County Health Department to continue providing school nurses.
In order to continue to have school nurses at the local school district, provided by the health department, the school board agreed to pay the health department a total of $245,000.
Board Chairman Barry Cornelius describes more information about the annual contract.
A ribbon cutting was held in Guthrie this afternoon for what will be the town’s only doctor’s office.
Jennie Stuart Medical Center and its sister corporation Fairview Physicians will open up Guthrie MD Monday morning with Doctor Bobby Green as the practicing physician.
Doctor Green, who lives in nearby Robertson County, Tennessee, said he just felt Guthrie was the right place and that now was the right time for him.
JSMC President and CEO Eric Lee said Todd County was already a major part of the hospital’s customer base and the new office just solidifies that relationship.
Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall thanked everyone in the packed building on U.S. 41 just inside the city limits for attending and asked them to patronize the office once it opens. Doctor Green says he has some appointments scheduled for next week but that he has openings and that patients can fill out their paperwork online.
Several local volunteer fire departments have been called to a very large field fire in the north part of the county.
The Crofton fire department was initially called to the area of 1563 Lewis Road just before 1pm and found a blaze spreading quickly. Units from Mannington, Northwest, Lacy, White Plains and Fairview have all assisted in trying to control the fire.
An ambulance was called to the scene around 3pm to treat a fire-fighter suffering heat exhaustion, though he would be okay. The excessively dry conditions and very hot weather have combined to make the area favorable for spreading wildfires.
The National Weather Service now says all of Christian and Todd County are in a severe drought and that parts of Trigg are in an exceptional drought.
Officials at Austin Peay State University are encouraging residents to further their education and sign up for upcoming courses with the Center for Extended and Distance Education.
Individuals who register early may receive a 10 percent discount on selected classes with pre-registration required for each course.
APSU will be offering classes in health and fitness, parenting and divorce and how to start up and finance a small business.
The Center offers over 300 new online classes that begin each month with each class lasting about six weeks.
For more information about taking online classes through APSU, contact (931)221-7816.