Approximately 30 acres of Ralls County fields were consumed by a fire Saturday afternoon before firefighters with the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District could bring the blaze under control.

Approximately 30 acres of Ralls County fields were consumed by a fire Saturday afternoon before firefighters with the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District could bring the blaze under control.

According to Chief Mike Dobson, at 11:59 a.m. his department was called to 58262 Flint Hill Road (New London), the Brandon Holly residence, on the report of a grass fire.

Trash was being burned in a barrel when a piece of the burning debris blew out of the barrel and into some dry grass. Attempts were made to control the fire with a garden hose, but the flames quickly moved up a hill and into the fields. The fire spread to a neighbor’s field and approached a pasture of very tall grasses.

According to Dobson, firefighters were able to contain the fire before it reached the taller grasses which he said would have required many more resources to control it.

“It took firefighters helped by several neighbors about an hour and a half to contain the estimated 30-acre fire,” said Dobson.

A stack of Styrofoam sheeting was lost in the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Dobson warns that vegetation is currently extremely dry.

“Area fire departments were out all weekend extinguishing grass fires,” he said. “Our advice is to refrain from burning until some moisture is received. If you must burn, make certain that a water source is close to your fire. For those that smoke, please use your ash trays and refrain from throwing cigarette butts out of the window of your vehicle.”