Rural Fire Departments in Jewell County were kept busy yesterday afternoon with a pair of fires breaking out. Just before 2pm on Monday, the initial fire was reported at the Jewell County Landfill located west of Mankato and about ½ mile south of Highway 36 on 150 Road.
Brian Shulda, the Co-Fire Chief for Mankato and Jewell County Rural Fire District #4 shared details with KD County 94 and Z-96.3 News about the event.
By the time the fire was contained and extinguished the process had taken about four hours. Also, the fire department appreciated the volunteering of a local farmer who supplied a tractor and disc to help contain and control the blaze.
Shulda went on to give us insight on what he believed to be the source of the fire. It is not believed that any intentional burning took place at the landfill yesterday due to the windy conditions. However, those conditions likely reignited a previous burn.
As fire fighters were in the final stages of battling the outbreak, another fire was reported near Randall requiring assistance from the Jewell Fire Department members on scene at the landfill fire, and their day was not yet done.
We will bring you details on that second fire in Jewell County from Monday as we receive them.