While the firefighters were working in the woods, they discovered an unconscious land owner lying in the woods within three feet of the fire.

A landowner was discovered unconscious near the flames as firefighters worked to contain a natural cover fire Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD), firefighters were dispatched to the fire on Route BB at High Point Road near Montreal, Missouri at 1 p.m. April 12, 2018.

First-arriving MCFPD units found approximately 10 acres on fire with the fire rapidly spreading north due to high winds, the press release stated. Firefighters entered the woods with blowers and rakes to begin combating the fire and putting in fire lines to contain the flames. While the firefighters were working in the woods, they discovered an unconscious land owner lying in the woods within three feet of the fire. Firefighters immediately began rendering medical aid to the unconscious patient.

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene. Firefighters packaged 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 working with the patient, MCFPD called for assistance from Tri-County Fire Protection District and Sleeper/Stoutland Fire Department. The fire was brought under control in approximately 45 minute, the press release stated. 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, according to the press release.

MCFPD would again remind everyone not to burn on windy days. Everyone should contact the burn notification phone line (573-346-3262) before burning. This was one of several fires that the MCFPD has responded to in the last few days.