After serving many hungry residents breakfast at their annual pancake feed Tuesday morning, Campbell County firefighters spent the rest of the day chasing fires set by fireworks.
Starting at 10:53 a.m., crews were out at the walk-in area of Union Chapel Road for a grass fire an acre in size, started by fireworks. Multiple fires of varying sizes were started throughout the rest of the day and in to the night, some requiring a response from CCFD, and some extinguished by residents before fire personnel arrived.
Not least of which were several small fires started by the display at the Cam-plex. Numerous fires in Morningside Park and in the fields surrounding the Cam-plex grounds meant fire crews were responding to the area just as hundreds were attempting to leave after the show.
Fireworks are not permitted within city limits, though they are still allowed in the county this year. Here's a list of the total fireworks related incidents responded to last night, and a note from CCFD.
8:53 p.m. to 251 Adon Road for a grass fire near sheds and camp trailer.
9:15 p.m. to Bear Claw Circle for a grass fire.
9:17 p.m. to Bluebird Road for a grass fire.
9:22 p.m. to Lemaster Lane for a grass fire.
9:35 p.m. to Willow Street for a grass fire.
9:51 p.m. to Smithie Road for a grass fire.
10:04 p.m. to Spring Hill Road for a grass fire.
10:09 p.m. to Tate Avenue for a grass fire.
10:11 p.m. until after the conclusion of the fireworks display, to numerous fires inside the arena and outside the arena in the fields surrounding the Camplex grounds.
10:21 p.m. to Willow Creek Drive for a grass fire
10:38 p.m. to Tabiano Road for a grass and chicken coop fire.
10:40 p.m. Coal Train Road for a grass fire.
11:07 p.m. to Hayfield Place for a grass fire.
11:15 p.m. to Willow Creek Drive for another report of grass and tree fire.
11:16 p.m. Road Runner Drive for a report of 3 separate fires.
11:23 p.m. to Bell Road and HWY 50 for a report of a grass fire and possible structure fire.
Also, thank you to this amazing community who came and enjoyed morning pancakes, sausage, and coffee with us on this Independence Day! We truly enjoy interacting with our community members in such a positive way. Thank you to those who came out to the parade as well and we look forward to celebrating another beautiful Independence Day next year with you all.
Brenda Kirk is a writer with over two decades of journalism experience.