Crews with the Owensboro Fire Department Tuesday morning, showing just how fast a blaze can spread. They set a small pile of leaves on fire in a grassy area. While it may just be a small pile, the fire spread within seconds. Firefighters say the blazes start smile, but can quickly burn hundreds of acres, especially in this part of the country where people have large shrubs and lush yards.
"Which makes it beautiful, under the perfect conditions," explained Owensboro Fire Department Battalion Chief David McCrady. "But when those fuels dry out, that's just stepping stones, from the grass catching on fire and building into the brush and stuff like that, it builds up right next to your house. The heat builds up and it can cause struture fires."
There's still no burn ban in place in Daviess County, but McCrady says nearly every surrounding county does have a ban, so that should tell people how extremely careful they should be, he told Eyewitness News. He says awareness is the best way to avoid setting massive fires.