On April 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM, the Mid-County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a Natural Cover Fire on State Route BB at High Point Road outside of Montreal.
On April 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM, the Mid-County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a Natural Cover Fire on State Route BB at High Point Road outside of Montreal. First arriving MCFPD units found approximately 10 acres on fire with the fire rapidly spreading north due to the high winds. Firefighters entered the woods with blowers and rakes to begin combating the fire and putting in fire lines to contain the fire. While the firefighters were working in the woods, firefighters discovered an unconscious land owner (patient) who was lying in the woods within 3 feet of the fire. Firefighters immediately began rendering medical aid to the unconscious patient. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene. Firefighters package the patient in a stokes basket (stretcher) to carry the patient from the woods to a waiting ambulance. The patient was treated on the scene by Camden County Ambulance District. With the firefighters treating the patient, MCFPD called for additional assistance from Tri-County Fire Protection District and Sleeper / Stoutland Fire Department. The fire was brought under control in approximately 45 minutes. No structures were damaged. The investigation showed that the fire was started by a land owner who was burning leaves and the fire got out of control. MCFPD would again remind everyone please do not burn on windy days. Everyone should contact the burn notification phone line (573-346-3262) before you burn. This was one of several fires that the MCFPD has responded to in the last few days.