Public Safety

Firefighter injured after controlled burn rekindled into brush fire north of Prairieburg

A Linn County Sheriff's Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff's Office squad car. (file photo)

A brush fire that started as a result of a controlled burn conducted three days earlier led to building damage, a road closure, and an injured firefighter Friday afternoon.

According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 3:13 p.m. Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies and Linn County Rescue 57, along with several local fire departments, responded to a brush fire near the intersection of Praireburg Road and Smith Road, north of Prairieburg. According to the release, a controlled burn had been conducted at 403 Upper Boulder Road on Tuesday. This fire rekindled on Friday, igniting the field around it, according to the release.

As the fire spread to multiple properties, Prairieburg Road was closed temporarily between Upper Boulder and Smith Roads. During this time, a large outbuilding was damaged and a large shed was a total loss due to fire damage at 545 Smith Road, according to the release.

A Prairieburg firefighter was transported to the hospital by the Monticello Ambulance Service for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.

In addition to firefighters and emergency responders from Prairieburg and Linn County, the following departments also responded to the scene, according to the release: the Central City Fire Department, the Troy Mill Fire Department, the Monticello Fire Department, and the Anamosa Fire Department.

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