A wind-fed fire on Dietrich Road near Indian Camp Creek Park destroyed an outbuilding and quickly spread, threatening nearby homes Tuesday afternoon.
“The fire had a good jump on us,” John Schneider, Assistant Fire Chief of the Wentzville Fire Protection District told the Sentinel. The fire, which started in or near the barn, spread quickly to adjacent fields of thick, tall grass. Firefighters had to cut through fencing to access the fire.
The barn was completely destroyed, but luckily no people or animals were injured. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Wentzville firefighters received assistance from the Lincoln County Fire Protection District and departments from O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis, Wright City, Warrenton, Hawk Point, as well as some other departments with brush trucks, Schneider said.
Luckily, the fire was stopped within feet of the threatened residences. With no hydrants in the area, firefighters were forced to shuttle water in tanker trucks from a private well about two miles away.
“The wind fed fire was a challenging one especially due to limited water but many departments worked extremely well together and protected a large propane tank and two adjacent residences,” the Wentzville Fire Protection District posted on their Facebook page.
Firefighters were briefly called back to the location Wednesday morning after the morning’s rain caused the fire to smolder.
A YouTube video of drone footage showed the extent of the brush fire: