First Due Hay Stack Fire
Sunday September 11th at 1322 hours, Station 53 was alerted along with Brush 11 (Nashville) and Tanker 47 (Jefferson) for a brush fire on Old Hanover Road in Heidelberg Township. Chief 53 responded and was advised by York County of multiple calls for a pile of hay on fire. Chief 53 arrived to find a large stack of hay on fire threatening a second stack of identical size. Chief 53 established the Command and requested the Tanker Task Force. The property owner as well as neighbors were using equipment to move as much hay away from the fire as possible. Brush 53 and Brush 11 arrived and initiated fire attack, however a change in wind direction caused the radiant heat and embers to ignite the second stack of hay. The responding Tankers shuttled water from a hydrant at Spring Grove Middle School to then end of the lane where portable ponds were set up. Engine 47-2 responded in place of the Brush and established a draft at the scene. Additional Tankers as well as Truck 79 (Hanover Area Fire Rescue) were requested and the fire was brought under control in approximately 2 hours. As the fire was darkened down, the Tankers were released as only the draft site was needed. The fire was extinguished at approximately 2100 hours.
We would like to thank our Mutual Aid companies for their help: