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Old Kirk Road fire in violation of county ordinance

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, July 1, 2012 7:12 p.m. CDT

GENEVA TOWNSHIP – Three large piles of trees and timber that were set on fire Friday required local fire departments to make two trips to see that it was put out, officials said.

Geneva Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Einwich said the piles of wood that were set on fire were in violation of Kane County’s open burning ordinance. Officials referred the incident to the health department for enforcement. Einwich said the county enforces the open burning ordinance in unincorporated areas.

Geneva firefighters were called at 10:20 a.m. Friday to the property on Old Kirk Road and Cherry Lane and took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. They returned at 4 p.m. with St. Charles and West Chicago fire departments to make sure everything was extinguished.

“The piles [of wood] were pretty big,” Einwich said. “I’m not sure how big the flames were before we got there, but with the storm approaching, it was determined to be a dangerous situation, with it being so dry.”

The scheduled afternoon session took 90 minutes and required tankers because the area has no hydrants, Einwich said. No one was injured, and no property was damaged.

Einwich did not have authority to release information on who owns the property.

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