Overcast
78°FOvercastFull Forecast

Leaf fire spreads in Genoa on Tuesday morning

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 12:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 12:12 a.m. CDT
Player embeded on all DC instances for analytics purposes.

GENOA – Several area departments responded Tuesday morning to a fire that started as a controlled burn and spread to multiple areas of a resident’s yard on Baseline Road.

Sgt. Ryan Braden with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said a resident of 13570 Baseline Road began burning leaves in the front yard of the property when strong winds spread the burn to a wood pile, landscaping and the back yard.

Ryan Stoffregen, Genoa-Kingston’s assistant chief, said there were multiple fires near structures like the house and nearby sheds, and firefighters doused smoldering piles with water. Emergency crews were called about 11:15 a.m.

A portion of Baseline Road was closed as firefighters from Genoa-Kingston, Kirkland, Sycamore, DeKalb and Hampshire responded. No one was injured.

“Basically, we had a very quick response ... and it could have been a lot worse,” Stoffregen said.

Sheriff Roger Scott said leaf burning is allowed within the county, unless a municipality has an ordinance prohibiting it.

All burning should be supervised, he said. If a large burn is planned, a local fire department should be notified ahead of time.

Those planning to burn leaves or brush should pay attention to weather conditions. On days when there’s a strong breeze or high winds, fire is not a safe option and burning should be put on hold, Scott said.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

DeKalb High School ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

More videos »

Reader Poll

Do you think you spent a greater portion of your income on your children than your parents spent on you?
Yes
No
Don't have children