Grass fire season begins in Princeton, Baldwin

Spring is finally here, which means it's also grass fire season.
Spring is finally here, which means it’s also grass fire season.

Precipitation and cooler weather was predicted for the area when Princeton Fire Chief Jim Roxbury spoke on Tuesday this week about the grass fire situation this season.

But the risk of wild fires can change “day to day,” said Roxbury. His department put out two grass fires last Saturday afternoon. One call was at 2:20 p.m. in the area of 127th Avenue and Highway 95 in Greenbush Township, where coals from a recreation fire the night before were the cause. It burned four acres of grass.

The department’s second grass fire call that day was at 3 p.m. along the 7400 block near Highway 169, and burned two acres of grass. The cause there was a hot muffler on a gas-powered post hole driller igniting something when the machine was laid down, Roxbury said.

The conditions can vary daily, from dry, warm weather with winds, to days with precipitation and lower temps, Roxbury said. Things are greening up fast so the grass fire season this year will likely be “intense but short,” Roxbury added.

Besides the two grass fires last Saturday, Princeton firefighters also responded last week to a car fire, two traffic accidents and a medical call.