High Winds Push Brush Fire Close To Homes In Franklin County

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Firefighters from four counties are fighting a brush fire in St. Clair, Missouri.

The brush fire is contained now, but not before coming extremely close to 16 homes in St. Clair, Missouri just of Highway TT.

In all 70 acres burned and 45 different fire crews out here including firefighters from as far as New Melle.

This went to four alarms because the wind quickly fanned the flames.

The thick smoke was smothering, so thick Burlington Northern Sante Fe has suspended rail traffic through St. Clair.

With each wind gust upwards of 40 miles an hour, the flames would reignite in pockets keeping crews spread out over 70 acres to try to contain it.

Tense moments too when a homeowner realized the fire was getting too close to his home.

Firefighters in jeeps and pick trucks were able to get into some of the tougher area and get water right on the flare ups rather than drag hundreds and hundreds of feet of hoses.

A red flag warning is in place through the afternoon. This type of fire is exactly what firefighters prepare for on these wickedly windy days.

Firefighters have used about 20,000 gallons to fight this brush fire.

No one was injured and in all 16 homes and one barn was saved.

It’s contained and under control.

Investigators are looking for a cause.

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