Colleton County Fire-Rescue
21/September/2019 – Vehicle and Woods Fire – “C” Shift
Incident # 19-06593 – A vehicle was destroyed and several acres of woods burned after a pickup truck caught fire at a hunting club off of Three Mile Road Saturday morning 21-September. The driver of the pickup truck was hunting with several friends when his truck became struck in the mud along a power line. In the process of trying to move the vehicle, the truck set the surrounding dry grass on fire. The occupants used water and a fire extinguisher in an effort to extinguish the fire. They even used another truck to drag the burning pickup truck away from the wooded area in an effort to prevent the fire from extending into the woods. 9-1-1 was notified of the incident at 13:44. The fire was located off of dirt road approximately a mile into the woods from the 1000 block of Three Mile Road. Fire-Rescue units could see a column of black smoke from Winchester Road. On arrival, crews found a fully involved Chevrolet Pickup truck and the fire had already entered a wooded area south of the truck. Dry conditions and light winds quickly spread the fire. A tractor from the Forestry Commission was requested as Firefighters used hand tools and back packs to try and control the blaze. Much of the fire was not accessible to fire apparatus. Crews slowed the advance of the blaze until the Forestry Tractor could cut a line around the fire. The pickup truck was destroyed and the woods fire was contained to approximately five acres. Fire-Rescue units were on the scene for 2 hours.
Engine 19, Tender 19, Medic 19, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. The Forestry Commission responded with one Fire Plow and a Ranger. Firefighter-Paramedic Matt Smart served as Incident Commander.
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