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6/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
Local residents put out small fire at Elephant Rocks golf course
Smoke on 10th fairway prompts quick reaction from course employees and firefighters
City employees help put out a small fire at Elephant Rocks Golf Course June 1. Photo/Carra Riley
City employees help put out a small fire at Elephant Rocks Golf Course June 1. Photo/Carra Riley

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


About six people helped prevent a possible fire at Elephant Rocks Golf Course June 1, the day of the Williams Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention golf tournament.

Lawrence Aguilar, a golf course employee, was out mowing the grass early that morning when he noticed smoke near the 10th fairway.

"He dug a line around it and then we got the sprinklers going and made sure we saturated down the ground real good and put it all out," said Marty Yerian, golf course superintendent.

Those who helped put out the fire believe a cigarette butt started it.

"Somebody probably dropped an ash or something and it smoldered for a long time," Yerian said.

Williams Volunteer Fire Department member Jeff Pettit was at the golf course preparing for the tournament, and helped put the fire out.

"It could have been bad but they were right there when it happened," he said.

Carra Riley, a Highland Meadows resident, smelled the smoke early that morning when she let her cat out.

At first she thought the smoke was from a controlled burn, but then she realized it was coming from two lots away from her house.

'That was very scary because it is so dry," she said. "It was just ready to burst into flames, and that's why the smoke was getting so bad, because it was just building."

Riley said she was grateful that the city employees responded so quickly.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: smokey bear

I thought a "thinned" forest as pictured was not in danger of burning?? The grass maybe, but not the forest.



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