Phelps County had a flurry of fires Monday, that kept firefighters busy throughout the county.

According to Ron Smith, the training officer for Rolla Fire and Rescue Department, the county had 27 large fires.


Phelps County had a flurry of fires Monday, that kept firefighters busy throughout the county.
According to Ron Smith, the training officer for Rolla Fire and Rescue Department, the county had 27 large fires.

“That is a lot of calls for our county,”?Smith said.

Smith, who is the regional coordinator for the statewide Mutual Aid System, coordinated fire responses among the different departments; including ones from Rolla, Doolittle, Waynesville, St. James, St. Robert, Cuba, Eldridge, Duke, Lebanon and Edgar Springs.

The fires caused departments to be in areas out of their jurisdiction to aid other departments.

On State Route W, firefighters from several departments were attempted to keep a brush fire, that was spread over a 400-to-500 acre area, remaining on the scene until about midnight. It was the largest fire that firefighters dealt with Monday.

However, according to Smith, the size of the fires were well beyond the one to five-acre norm.

According to Smith, the fire was under control Tuesday.

“It hasn’t jumped out of the line today,” Smith said.

Fire departments had to contend with far fewer fires, with only five fire calls on Tuesday.

Departments were aided by the relatively smaller size of Tuesday’s fires.

“We have not had those large types of fires,” Smith said.

Smith waned to impress on people that despite the rain Tuesday, the ground could dry up quickly from the wind, creating similar conditions that aided the fires.

“Just because it rained doesn’t mean the vegetation is dry,” Smith said.