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Posted on: November 20, 2013

[ARCHIVED] MFRD Responds to Large Grass Fire at Stones River Battlefield

Battlefield Fire

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engines 4 and 7, Ladder 9, Rescues 7 and 9, and the brush truck responded to a large grass fire at 1884 Wilkinson Pike (Stones River Battlefield) around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames in the large field. “The wind spread the fire very quickly,” said Shift Commander Dale Maynard. “It didn’t help that most of the field was sagebrush.” Maynard remarked that the fire was burning so quickly that a cedar fence was barely damaged even though the fire had moved through it.

Murfreesboro Police Department shut down Wilkinson Pike to prohibit unnecessary travel through the area.

Crews’ main concern became containing the fire to the field and preventing it from spreading to the woods. MFRD called for assistance from Rutherford County Fire & Rescue, who quickly sent three of their brush trucks.

The fire was extinguished and damage was assessed. Approximately nine acres of the battlefield were damaged. Four electrical poles were also involved in the incident. Crews contacted Murfreesboro Electric Department and Comcast to mitigate those issues.

MFRD’s Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett and a representative from the battlefield agreed that the fire most likely started due to a discarded cigarette.

No one was injured during the incident and crews have since been released from the scene.

Maynard commented on the combined effort of the city and county departments, “Our crews did an excellent job containing the fire to the field area. We are very grateful for the assistance of Rutherford County.”

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