Multiple small fires in Jasper under investigation

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/3/18

Several small grass fires that occurred Tuesday in Jasper are being investigated.

The fires began popping up just before noon, in a nearly six-mile stretch from Gardners Gin Road in Cordova to Blackwell Dairy Road in Jasper. Another small fire occurred along that route near House of Discount Tires on Highway 78.

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Multiple small fires in Jasper under investigation

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Several small grass fires that occurred Tuesday in Jasper are being investigated.

The fires began popping up just before noon, in a nearly six-mile stretch from Gardners Gin Road in Cordova to Blackwell Dairy Road in Jasper. Another small fire occurred along that route near House of Discount Tires on Highway 78.

The Jasper Fire Department traveled down Blackwell Dairy Road Tuesday as they extinguished the small fires, with one blaze occurring near the Blackwell Meadows neighborhood. Jasper Deputy Fire Chief Alan Clark said no injuries or damage resulted from the fires in Jasper.

Jasper Fire extinguished eight to ten small grass fires in a roughly 30-minute period Tuesday.

Boldo Fire & Rescue and the Cordova Fire Department also responded to a fire on Gardners Gin Road. Neither department could be reached to confirm if any structures were damaged as a result of the fire.

Clark said the cause of the fires remain uncertain.

“It could have very well been something dragging on a vehicle or several different things,” Clark said. “We don’t know if somebody was riding and setting them. We would like to think not.”

He said sparks could have easily been sent off from a failed bering on a vehicle, as well.

Low humidity, combined with dry and windy conditions, would have contributed to the blaze occurring, Clark said.

The Jasper Police Department is reportedly investigating the fires.

If anyone has information on the fires Tuesday, they are asked to call the Jasper Police Department’s non-emergency line at (205) 221-6790.