OSCODA – Two events which the Oscoda Township Fire Department (OTFD) responded to recently, each occurred after the property owners had been burning debris.
One incident took place shortly after 1 p.m. in the 7000 block of Lakewood Drive, near Kingswood Lane.
The OTFD was dispatched to an outside fire in a residential area, for which they used approximately 100 gallons of water/foam to extinguish the flames and smoldering debris.
Personnel report that the property owners had been burning leaf debris and, with the wind/ground conditions that day, the embers escaped and started the fire.
The incident report lists the cause of ignition as an act of nature.
Firefighters cleared the scene after about 15 minutes, and there were no injuries or damage to any items.
A couple days prior to this, on April 16, the OTFD was dispatched to an outside spreading fire with potential exposure(s).
This incident occurred at about 12:35 p.m., in the 6000 block of Wentworth Road.
According to the OTFD, about 2,500 gallons of water/foam were utilized to extinguish the fire, with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also being requested to plow a line around the grounds as a preventative measure.
The OTFD says the cause stemmed from the homeowner burning debris in a burn barrel. It is believed that embers escaped, leading to the yard and the equipment stored there to flare into fire, which was enhanced by the wind and environmental conditions that day.
As noted in the report, the DNR cited the property owner.
The losses amounted to an estimated figure of $5,000, which included damage to the garage siding, a camper and a small fiberglass boat and trailer.
Fire crews were released after roughly 50 minutes, once the scene was deemed safe, and there were no injuries.