Dutch Rd. fire

Santo Niño, Pierce County Fire Coordinator, mans the water hose on a Walkerville Station truck during last week’s wildfire.

A wildfire scorched about 45 acres of woodlands off Dutch Road in eastern Pierce County near the Cross Swamp last Wednesday afternoon.

“We had about 45 acres burned, but thankfully no structures were lost and there were no injuries,” said Santo Niño, Pierce County Fire Coordinator.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Mapping crews have been out assessing the area to determine the total acreage and the cause of the fire.

The fire call came in at 3:34 p.m. and the first units arrived on the scene at 3:48 p.m.

“It was quickly evident that we needed all the help we could get to fight the fire, so we called in for additional resources,” said Niño.

Six of the Pierce County Volunteer Fire Department stations including Bearville, Hacklebarney, Offerman, Otter Creek, Southside, Walkerville stations, responded to the fire as well as Patterson Volunteer Fire Department. The Blackshear Volunteer Fire Department was called up to be on stand by for other calls in the county.

Georgia Forestry also had six bulldozers and three fixed wing aircraft, including two tankers, dumping water to douse the flames.

“Georgia Forestry was able to get around it and plow fire breaks to contain the fire,” said Niño.

A thunderstorm brought rain after 7 p.m. as the blaze was brought under control.

Fire units returned to their stations at about 10 p.m. Wednesday evening.

An early season heat wave led to extremely dry conditions in recent weeks, making the area ripe for wildfire conditions.

Scattered showers have set in during the last week, helping to alleviate the fire threat.