Brush fires reported across Wood County

PARKERSBURG – Brush fires erupted in Wood County Wednesday afternoon.

An illegal burn occurred along with a small fire extinguished before firefighters arrived, officials said.

A fire in Mineral Wells around 3 p.m. off Society Hill Road near a trailer park had officials worried at first, but Chief Jay Parsons with the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department said the fire was minor.

“It was nothing; it was out when we got there,” Parsons said of the fire he described as about 10 feet by 10 feet.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department fought a small brush fire behind the 1400 block of Grand Central Avenue near the Ohio River around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The illegal burn got out of control, but the situation was only temporary, officials said. No citations were issued.

Officials said with spring cleaning approaching, residents should be prepared for legal burns.

Capt. Tim Flinn with the Parkersburg Fire Department said the dry, windy conditions probably contributed to a few brush fires becoming out of control. Residents burning legally outdoors should be cautious of the size of brush piles they burn, he said.

A fire extinguisher or reliable water source like a hose should be close by to be used if needed, Flinn said.

The outdoor burning season for Parkersburg residents began March 1 and lasts through May 31, fire officials said. Residents wanting to burn debris must obtain permits, advise the fire department and conduct the fire from noon to 5 p.m.

Controlled burning in Vienna is on the first Friday and first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; permits are not required.