Approximately 100 acres of land just west of the Thompson River bridge on Missouri Route 190, west of Chillicothe, burned Saturday afternoon.
Approximately 100 acres of land just west of the Thompson River bridge on Missouri Route 190, west of Chillicothe, burned Saturday afternoon. Chillicothe firefighters received the fire call at 11:54 a.m. and arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later. Upon arrival, firefighters found that the fire had gotten into the spread and that they were going to need additional help. The department immediately requested mutual aid from the Lock Springs, Chula and Dawn fire departments. Chillicothe had responded with a pumper, brush truck and a UTV. Some members of the Quail Unlimited brought UTVs and water pumps to help battle the blaze. Missouri Department of Conservation employees were also present to assist. Steady winds of 16-18 mph and gusts reaching as high as 29 mph fueled the flames. “The high winds and dry vegetation made it very difficult to stop the fire,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Hoskins stated in the fire report. With the help of the other departments, firefighters conducted a back burn on the east and south and let the fire burn to an open bean field on the west. According to dispatch, a pickup truck pulling a trailer of hay bales had a hay bale on fire and pulled off the road and the grass started on fire. As of Sunday, the driver of the vehicle had not been identified. Firefighters were on the scene for about five hours. The fire report states that, according to the plat book, the landowners are J. Wall and Quinn Farms.