Grass fires spark in Turley, burning over 15 acres

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/27 1:30 pm Published: 1/26 9:10 pm

Two fires occurred in 24 hours and the Turley Fire Department is calling them suspicious.

Another wildfire broke out today near Cincinnati and North Oak Cliff Drive.

This is the fifth one the department says it has fought in a week.

FOX23 spoke with fire officials to uncover how they think this fire started.

The department believes between 15 and 20 acres were burned Sunday.

They were on the scene for more than three hours Sunday, the fire so big they had to call in help.

Fire crews tell FOX23 they think an arsonist may be behind it.

Smolder, char and firefighters.

This was the scene in Turley Sunday afternoon.

"It looks like it started in the road and worked its way into the brush," said Assistant Fire Chief Ben Hatcher.

He explained he's getting all too familiar with the drive up this hill.

"It is suspicious in nature," said Hatcher.

It's the fifth fire he's said they've responded to in as many days.

"They’re all within a quarter mile, half mile area of each other. It's worrisome. [And] It's taxing on our guys," Hatcher explained.

Sunday's fire was particularly hard to battle, Hatcher says, because of thick brush.

"One truck that's able to get back in there. The rest we are fighting with tools and manpower," Hatcher said.

Manpower is exactly what the assistant fire chief said they needed more of.

So the Black Dog Fire Department responded.

The help was vital to helping the Turley Fire Department secure the scene before the weather.

High winds are expected Sunday night into Monday morning.

So our FOX23 crew wanted to give you a look at what firefighters are doing to try and ensure the surrounding grass fires don't reignite.

"Get everything soaked down real good. Just a little small ember when the wind picks up can turn into another fire," Hatcher explained.

Another fire he says this town doesn't need.

Especially since he believes an arsonist is to blame.

A roadway that seems unpopulated actually has several houses residing within a mile radius.

And these wildfires, they travel very fast.

Hatcher tells FOX23 no fire is too small to call in.

He's asking people in the area to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

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