2-acre brush fire a reminder to be cautious with burning leaves

Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responds

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire off of FM 139 south Saturday afternoon. The fire burned about two acres before it was contained. The JVFD would like to remind all Shelby County residents to use caution when burning, and to save burns for days with low winds. A 20-mph wind gust can easily blow burning leaves onto dry, dead grass, and sustained winds as low as 5 mph can spread a fire quickly. The JVFD would also like to tell residents not to hesitate to call 911 if you have something that you even think is an emergency. All seven Shelby County fire departments stand ready to respond when needed.