Saturday, January 17, 2015 Around 11:45 A.M. Saturday, Georgetown Twp and Lafayette Twp Fire Protection Districts received a dispatch for a brush fire in the median of I-64 around the 116 Mile Marker. The Floyd County Dispatch Center fielded many 911 calls on the fire stating the fire was rapidly growing in size. As the first units were arriving on the scene, they reported that a half acre of the median was already burnt. Brush trucks and personnel from both departments were able to place the fire under control within a half hour. I-64 Westbound was only closed to one lane during that time to aid in keeping fire personnel safe while working close to the roadway.
Strong wind gust of 15 to 20 MPH and dry grasses contributed to the rapid spread of the fire. Though the exact cause of the fire may not be able to be known, a carelessly discarded cigarette may have sparked the blaze.
Because of dry small vegetation and gusty winds forecast for the weekend, The Lafayette Twp Fire Protection District asks it customers to refrain from burning yard waste.
If you do have a fire and it becomes out of control, dial 911 immediately. Do not try to contain the fire by yourself.