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posted: 7/18/2012 9:11 PM

Grass fire burns through Bartlett backyards

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  • A grass fire burned through multiple backyards on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road on Tuesday, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby townhouses.

      A grass fire burned through multiple backyards on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road on Tuesday, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby townhouses.
    Courtesy of the Bartlett Fire District

  • A grass fire burned through multiple backyards on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road on Tuesday, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby townhouses.

      A grass fire burned through multiple backyards on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road on Tuesday, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby townhouses.
    Courtesy of the Bartlett Fire District

 
 

High winds and dry conditions fueled a grass fire Tuesday that threatened a row of townhouses in Bartlett.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road within two minutes of receiving that call at 3:11 p.m. and had the fire under control in about 10 minutes, officials announced Wednesday.

The fire spread through multiple backyards and burned approximately 2 acres of grass, according to the Barlett Fire District.

Flames came within feet of a deck behind the row of townhouses and it burned the entire area between the homes and a retention pond.

No structures, decks or trees caught fire and there was no damage to any property other than the grass.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday, but officials said wind gusts of up to 20 mph caused the fire to spread across the backyards.

Fire officials are urging residents to use extreme care when disposing cigarettes and barbecue fires due to the drought.

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