Though last weekend’s rain brought an end to the month-long burn ban in Jessamine County, property owners found out the hard way Monday that when you leave a brush fire unattended, things can get out of control fast.
About 4 acres burned near 300 Terra Bianca, located in the Tuscany Vallé subdivision off Ashgrove Lane in northern Jessamine County after workers left a brush pile unattended, Jessamine County fire chief Mike Rupard said. The County fire district received the fire call around 4:10 p.m.
“They were burning some brush and they left it unattended and they thought they had pushed up in a pile and they went into the house,” Rupard said. “About an hour or so later, they looked outside and saw smoke and they obviously didn’t push it up far enough.”
Rupard said wind fueled the fire.
“They said they’d been burning it all morning and said that everything was OK,” he said. “The wind must have blew some embers.”
Rupard added that even though Jessamine County no longer has a burn ban, those who do burn brush should take steps to make sure the fire doesn’t spread.
“Stay with it and make sure it’s out before you leave,” he said. “That’s what got them; the workers left them to go back up to the house to do some more work there, and it took off.”
There were no injuries in the blaze.