Fire Burns Acres Of Metro Park

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One person was evacuated this morning when a grass fire at Pickerington Ponds Metropark spread to several acres.

Violet Township Battalion Chief Jim Paxton says crews were initially called out shortly after 1 a.m. on a car fire. He says a stolen vehicle was set ablaze inside the Metro Park. Sparks from the auto-fire ignited a field of grass and thickets. And Paxton said the blaze spread quickly.

“Some places have burnt to where we had road or mowed areas and that knocked it down. The rest of it was through four-wheel drive vehicles and just manpower chasing it down and trying to get ahead of it a little bit with some water.” Says Paxton.

In all about five to seven acres burned. Paxton says the one evacuee returned safely to her home. The open area at Pickerington Ponds was scheduled for a controlled burn later this spring. Paxton says as the crews were returning to the station rain began to fall.

Tom Borgerding WOSU News