Grass Fire Near St. Leo’s Church in GI Quickly Contained


Fire crews in Grand Island worked together to put out a grass and tree fire near a church Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Island Fire Department sent three stations to St. Leo's Church on south Blaine Street.

Grass and a tree line on the west side of the church were burning when they arrived. Black smoke could be seen on the other side of town.

With the wind picking up, GIFD Capt. Ed Carlin says they called the Grand Island Rural Fire Department to bring their grass rigs.

"They're very well equipped for the grass fires and being able to roll and pump where a lot of our stuff is more for the stationary fires, and with this dry weather, the grass fire likes to move really quickly, so we really count on Rural. We're fortunate to have them right close to us," said Carlin.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

While the conditions mean many fire crews are simply waiting for a call like this one, they are using the incident to remind people to be extra cautious during this extremely dry time.

"We've kind of been setting up so we can respond to fires like this, and we continue to urge people not to burn, to be careful with their grills and everything because it doesn't take much to get the grass going, and then it really goes from there," said Carlin.