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Grass fire burns 30 acres near Kensington

A grass fire broke out at midday about six miles north of Kensington on Saturday, Dec. 2. (contributed / Brooke Knabe)1 / 2
A Kensington Fire and Rescue truck responds to a grass fire on Wolley Lake Road on Saturday, Dec. 2. The fire burned about 30 acres. 2 / 2

A grass fire burned about 30 acres north of Kensington on an unusually mild early December day Saturday.

Firefighters were called just before 1 p.m. to 5743 Wolley Lake Road SW about six miles north of Kensington.

Kensington Fire Chief Joey Nessman requested help from fire departments in Evansville and Hoffman to get the fire under control.

“Eventually it could have gotten to a yard to the north,” Nessman said.

He said it was not clear how the fire started.

Firefighters were at the scene until 2:30 p.m.

Nessman said it’s “very, very dry” now after a wet summer and fall.

He said the fire  “was unlike I've ever seen in December before … it burned very fast, very hot.”

“It was also our first grass fire for the fall which is unusual, too,” Nessman said.

Temperatures were in the mid-40s Saturday, Dec. 2. The average high for the date in Alexandria is 23 degrees.

The Kensington and Hoffman departments each brought three grass fire trucks to the fire along with a Ranger brush unit and Evansville brought two grass units. A tanker truck helped supply water.

Nessman said the grass units are pickups that can carry about 300 gallons of water that are able to drive into soggy fields where a fire truck can’t go. The Ranger is even better able to handle off-road conditions.

Even though the ground can be soggy “the grass up top dries out real fast,” Nessman said.

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