Blair brush fires burn 125 acres

WINNSBORO – Multiple brush fires were reported Saturday afternoon in the Jenkinsville area along Highways 215 and 213. Fairfield County Fire Chief Jason Pope said the fires, which were first reported a little after 2 p.m., consumed about 125 acres.

Thirty emergency personnel were on scene as well as 11 fire and emergency units including multiple fire engines, tankers and brush trucks, an EMS unit, the rescue squad, a rehab unit, an airplane, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety. Support was also requested from the Forestry Commission, and emergency units responded from Newberry County, Pope said.

The fire was controlled at about 5:30 p.m.

“No one was injured and, thanks to the quick actions of our volunteer firefighters, no homes or structures were damaged,” Pope said. “The forestry units have contained the fires, but they burned through the night and into Sunday.”

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the fire.