Brush fire started at country club

By The Mercury

A brush fire on the golf course at Manhattan Country Club on Monday afternoon proved difficult to extinguish, Manhattan deputy fire chief Ryan Almes said.

The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to the country club, 1531 N. 10th St., at 2:32 p.m. for a report of a large outdoor fire. Crews found that a large pile of brush in an area the country club uses to dump tree debris had ignited.

The spot was difficult to access, officials said in a press release, because it was on a hill and was surrounded by trees. There was also no water source nearby.

Five fire vehicles, six support vehicles and 30 firefighters from MFD responded. The Riley County Fire Department assisted with seven fire vehicles and 16 firefighters. Riley County EMS was on scene to provide rehabilitation to firefighters working in the heat. To put out the fire, a backhoe was brought to the scene to pull apart the burning debris.

The blaze was extinguished by about 8 p.m., Almes said, though firefighters stayed to monitor the area through the night and this morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials said.

There was no fire loss associated with the brush that was on fire, but several trees on the golf course property were destroyed, according to the fire department. The golf course also sustained some grass damage from the firefighting apparatus as they reached the area.

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