Embers from controlled burn spark Tuesday grass fire

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Henrietta fire fighters extinguished a grass fire that burned 15-20 acres at the City of Henrietta Convenience Center Tuesday. The fire started as a controlled burn.

A controlled burn conducted by the City of Henrietta Tuesday morning turned into a small grass fire late Tuesday afternoon.

Three trucks and a tanker from the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department responded to the city convenience center east of Hapgood Park at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. The fire burned 15-20 acres, and was quickly contained. Fire fighters were clear of the scene by 7:30 p.m.

Troy Potts, public works director for the City of Henrietta, said the city burned a brush pile at the convenience center at about 8:30 a.m. Conditions were right for a controlled burn, said Potts, with cooler temperatures and only a light breeze. The area received one-half inch of rain earlier in the morning.

Potts checked the brush pile later in the afternoon. He said the pile had smoldered down and appeared to pose no danger of spreading.

Sometime after 5 p.m., a breeze picked up, and embers blew into grassy areas north of the burn site.

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