Hartland Fire quickly contained with much help

Tuesday July 7, 2017 9:00 am

Fire District 14 Hartland Fire Press Release:
A fire broke out on Hartland Rd around 4 pm yesterday due to a van that caught on fire. The fire was contained around 10pm. Total acreage burned is approximately 15 acres.

There were approximately 75 personnel fighting the fire. This includes 2 helo’s, 1 single seat retardant plane, and a dozer.

Initial Evacuation notices for Mott Rd and Centerville Hwy residences in the area were Level 1. Shortly thereafter, Incident Command requested law enforcement notify Mott Rd residents of a Level 2 Evacuation.

Incident Command Post consisted of a Unified Command made up of Lyle Chief, High Prairie Chief (HP), DNR and Law Enforcement. Agencies present were HP Fire, Lyle Fire, Centerville Fire, Rural 7 Fire, USFS, a 20 person hand crew (ZigZag HotShots), a 10 person hand crew and DNR.

The fire went as well as it could have. All agencies worked very well together and we certainly could not have caught the fire without outside resources. There is one DNR overhead staying at the fire tonight along with 2 engines. They are monitoring the perimeter and mopping up about 30 feet in from the fire perimeter.

During this phase it is not uncommon to see areas within the fire perimeter that are still burning.

This morning DNR will have 1 overhead and a strike team of engines (5 total), 10 person hand crew, and a tender from HP Fire to continue to mop up the fire. I will remain onsite as well and coordinate as appropriate with incoming resources.

Please try and stay out of the area of Hartland Road as there will be several personnel and fire apparatus taking up much of the road. I am very impressed with our fire department, first responders, DNR, USFS and all the fire agencies that provided mutual aid to our District. Outstanding efforts by all to save lives and property!

Tim Darland,

Chief High Prairie Fire

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