Pampas grass fire causes estimated $2,000 damage

By From page A6 | June 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A fire Monday at Air Base Parkway and Heath Drive in Fairfield caused an estimated $2,000 in damage and involved firefighters using chain saws to cut the base of pampas plants, Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach said.

The fire reported at 3:07 p.m. burned less than a quarter-acre but while water puts out the flames of a burning pampas plant, the fire is not extinguished, Luckenbach said.

“It’s a really unique bush the way it burns,” he said.

Like a palm tree, falling leaves stay inside the plant, Luckenbach said.

No cause for the fire has been determined.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • mike gregorJune 11, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    If the mowing of the weeds on the road edge at spring time had gone on schedule or even done then we would not be having these out of control fires at summer time. Why did the mowing stop ? We didn't have this problem a few years ago .

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