|In the first three weeks of March, firefighters for the Monett Rural Fire Association stayed busy on a wide range of activities.||Assistance Fire Chief Phil Ogle reported the biggest demand came from calls about grass fires. Eleven fires took place between March 1 and 21, half of which came in the first eight days of the month.|
Ogle said people burning under windy conditions were responsible for most of the fires, which got out of control. Two fires occurred on H Highway in the same vicinity. One was on Business Highway 60 and Farm Road 1100, east of Monett. Another was west of town on Highway 60 and 1050. One was on Z Highway, southeast of Monett, while two calls were west of Midway.
Ogle urged anyone planned to do a controlled burn to call the Monett Police Department, which dispatches city and rural firefighters. Neighbors or passing motorists may call in fires in progress, and firefighters may respond if there is no advance notification.
Rural firefighters made five mutual aid responses in the three-week period. One of the largest fires was on March 17 in Wentworth. Monett Rural firemen were called to help the Pierce City Rural deparment. Monett and Pierce City city firemen along with Sarcoxie firefighters were at the scene of Highways J and JJ for around two hours, Ogle said.
Rural firefighters also responded to three vehicular accidents and one car fire during the period.