A tractor being used to “cut dirt” in a field on Dixon Trail Friday sparked a fire in the grass that burned nearly three acres and damaged or destroyed several vehicles that were being used for parts behind Guy’s Automotive, said a spokesman for the Ware County Fire Department.
Firefighters were summoned to the fire at 199 Dixon Trail at 1:18 p.m. and arrived at 1:34 p.m. The fire was brought under control by 2:16 p.m., said Lt. Will Kirton.
“A man was bush-hogging with a Ford tractor when the exhaust caught the grass on fire,” said Kirton. “Nobody was injured but we did lose several vehicles that were parked back there.”
Five fire vehicles responded to the scene. Assisting in the fire suppression effort were Chief Jesse Jordan, Lt. Kirton, John Wheeler, Tommy Tapley, Vernon Chambless, Santo Nino, Jim Durrence and others.
Dixon Trail is located east of Waycross just off the Brunswick Highway. Firefighters cleared the scene at 3:30 p.m.
Sheriff Randy Royal and Deputy Paul Carter responded and assisted firefighters.
Meanwhile, Kirton said firefighters were dispatched to another brush fire on Sunday at 3:11 p.m. on East Washington Avenue. Firemen arrived at 3:25 p.m. and cleared at 4:14 p.m. The fire didn’t amount to much, Kirton said, and it was on an open field where no structures were threatened.