Rogers Grass Fire Threatens Homes In Dry, Windy Conditions

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Three homes were threatened by a Tuesday (Jan. 28) grass fire at 824 Summit Drive in Rogers, at the height of a burn ban issued because of the dry conditions in the county.

One of the homeowners was at work at the time of the fire and credits her nanny for making sure her 10-month-old daughter was out of harm's way.

"I have a wonderful nanny, and I knew that she would have done whatever she had to make sure the baby was safe," Mandy McDonald said. "So, it`s a great peace of mind."

Rogers Battalion Chief David Whitlow said the fire may have been caused by an ember from a wood-burning stove in a nearby home, but that is still undetermined.

Whitlow said dry leaves kept the fire alive as it climbed up a hill toward the houses.

Kevin Carter lives in one of the houses that was threatened and he called in the fire to 911.

"It was 10-foot-high flames coming up the hill," Carter said. "It was amazing to see how much fuel that just dry, kind of light windy conditions and how fast it can rush up a hillside."

There was metal surrounding a structure that kept it from going up in flames, Whitlow said.

"The metal doesn't burn, and it held us off for enough time until we got the water to it," Whitlow said.

Benton County is one of many counties in the area under a burn ban because of dry, windy conditions. at the time of the fire. Wind gusts in the Rogers area reached 15 miles per hour at the time of the fire.

"We don`t want anybody burning right now," Whitlow said. "So that we don`t have more like this."