By Cristin Ross

Rusk firefighters kept a three-day-old brush fire from doing much damage Wednesday, despite windy conditions.

Rusk Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call about 1:15 p.m. from the property next to 416 County Road 1627.

When firefighters arrived, several trees and the underbrush in a small valley off the county road were on fire.

“I smelled the smoke — didn’t think nothing of it until we walked down here (down the hill), and I went uh ‘oh, it’s on fire again,’” said property owner Lovell Madsen of Jacksonville. “We were out here three days ago burning brush and I guess we didn’t get it out all the way, because it flared up again. I thought it was out.”

Madsen said he’s clearing his property to build a house on the top of the hill at the site.

“The wind could’ve made it worse, because when (the fire) first started it was blowing pretty steady,” Madsen said.

RVFD members had the flames contained within minutes of their arrival.

The Rusk Police Department assisted with traffic control.


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