Last Tuesday, 50 acres near St. James Plantation in Brunswick County was up in smoke, following a controlled burn that got lost control. During the fire, a Boiling Spring Lakes fire truck was destroyed in the blaze. Luckily, no one was hurt when the truck caught fire, but now, the state of North Carolina is investigating the situation. Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department is waiting for a new fire truck to arrive. Nelson Cobble is the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Chief. He said "It moved to the back area, to start extinguishing, the fire was 100-250 feet away, and they were getting ready to attack some small area, and they noticed that the back pump was not pumping." That's when the truck stalled out, the wind shifted, and the truck caught fire. Cobble said their trucks may have a bit of bad luck. This was not the first time one ended up in harms way. "The first truck we lost was in a broom straw field fire, and that truck burnt because the gas tank was going across the field. Once we got across the gas poured from under the truck, went into the exhaust, caught the truck on fire, and got the field on fire also." The truck was covered by insurance, so it will be replaced soon. But what continues to concern the chief is how quickly this control burn got so big, so fast. It is extremely easy to get a permit for a control burn. One can be obtained by simply filling out some paperwork at a hardware store. Ken Stewart has been issuing NC Forestry control burn permits for years. He said he always makes sure the applicant knows the rules. "If their burning, they need to be prepared to control it, and if it gets out of control they need to know who to call to get help. We issue them a permit, they sign that they have read the rules for burning." The contractors in charge of this control burn had a permit for three days, but the way these permits work, anyone can get one, and they do not have to tell the county. The county and fire agencies only know about a control burn when they receive a complaint call or an emergency call if it gets out of control.
- Video Central
- About WWAY