A Monday afternoon brush fire in the Town of Gibraltar was an example of even when you do everything right, something could go wrong. The first crews were notified at approximately 3:30 p.m. of a brush fire located near County Road EE when a loose ember ignited a large pile of leaves. According to Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Jarred Anderson, the landowners burned brush with a valid permit on Thursday. After it burned down, the landowners buried the embers under a pile of dirt. Anderson believes Monday’s high winds uncovered the embers that would later start 300 cubic yards of dead leaves on fire. Anderson says the landowners did everything right.
Firefighters from Gibraltar, Ephraim, and Baileys Harbor fought the fire for approximately three hours until they knew for certain every ember was out.