Bellevue Grass Fire

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Charred earth and smoldering hot spots were the unmistakable signs that a grass fire had burned its way through a couple acres of this field.

The fire started small but quickly built up speed. Whipped by the wind the fire burned its way past several small trees but blackened all of the grass.

Dave Garza saw the smoke hanging over his neighborhood on his way home from work.

Dave Garza says, "When I got closer to 48th and Cornhusker I knew the woods were real close and I knew it was close to my house and my neighbor's house."

With the wind coming out of the southwest the flames were being pushed closer toward the Faulkland Heights Neighborhood. The Bellevue Fire Department knocked down the fire stopping it feet from Garza's backyard.

Dave Garza says, "When I got home it was probably 30 feet from the house it isn't that far out and it was still burning pretty good and the fire trucks were still coming."

It was very close because if the fire had managed to reach Garza's property it would have had plenty of fuel to continue to burn deeper into the neighborhood.

Dave Garza says, "It was blowing our direction if they wouldn't have got here it would have been close to our fence if not on it and caught the back portions of the sheds on fire so it was close."

As close as Dave Garza and any of his neighbors want it to ever be.

The grass fire burned as estimated two and a half acres of the field south of Faulkland Heights Park. The park itself was not touched by the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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