Spark from lawnmower ignites fast-moving fire in Saginaw County

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (9/28/2017) - With extremely dry conditions around parts of Mid-Michigan, it only took a spark from a lawnmower backfiring to cause a fast-moving fire that burned about three acres Thursday.

The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Fordney Road in Brant Township, which is about halfway between St. Charles and Chesaning.

The Tri-Township Fire Department was first on the scene and requested water tanker trucks and brush fire trucks from Chesaning and Thomas Township to assist.

Tri Township Fire Chief Pat Harley said a homeowner called for help after his riding lawnmower backfired, sparking a fire that quickly burned about an acre and a half of grass before spreading into some pine trees.

Harley said fire crews were concerned winds from the northwest would push the flames into a neighboring soybean field, but they were able to cut it off in time.

After stopping the fire from spreading, firefighters used piercing tools to inject water into the trees' root systems to completely extinguish the fire.

Burn bans are in place for Saginaw and Tuscola counties due to the extremely dry conditions.

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