COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The scattered light rain across Branch County early this morning should for the time being help reduce the risk of grass and field fires like the ones that kept a couple of area fire departments busy Thursday afternoon. The most serious incident sent Coldwater firefighters to 1127 Marshall Road north of Coldwater. The alarm came in around 2:45 pm with word that a grass fire was getting close to a barn. The property owner was burning leaves and that sparked flames which spread to a nearby field where parched corn stalks caught on fire and lit up around 5 acres. There was very minor damage to the barn with a bit of siding singed. The Tekonsha Fire Department provided mutual aid with a grass rig. It took about a half hour to bring the fire under control and Coldwater was on the job for an hour and a half.
In the middle of the Marshall road call, another small grass fire had to be extinguished on Girard Road near I-69. And finally, the Quincy Fire Department, which momentarily was summoned to assist Coldwater, had its own grass fire alarm to respond to with a small blaze on Gerald Street.