Local area fire fighters responded to the Martha area Tuesday afternoon to battle a grass fire. The fire started near the Martha bridge and traveled south.
Although the fire burned grass, brush and trees, no structures were destroyed. One resident of the area said that the fire could have damaged homes if it had crossed the roadway, but it didn’t.
Graters were used in battling the fire, and fence lines on some of the properties in the area were torn out. Released cattle were found heading toward the river, but blockades were put up to contain them.
During the battle to contain the blaze, one of the road graters used was said to have almost caught on fire.
The fire was extinguished by 7 p.m., and most firefighters left the area. It was reported that a small hot spot came back up during the night, but was quickly put out.
No estimated area or amount of damage was available at press time. The cause of the fire was speculated to be from a discarded cigarette butt.
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