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Fire Crews On Alert For Brush Fires On Thanksgiving

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 20:03:45-05

Even though rain swept through Middle Tennessee overnight, firefighters in Robertson County kept watch for more brush fires on Thanksgiving.

The strip malls throughout the County were dark, the parking lots were empty. The city of Springfield was all but shut down as folks come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

However, there was one group of people who are always ready to go on a moment's notice, firefighters. 

"We're not allowed to take off unless we have someone to cover our positions and stuff," said Lt. Don Stites. He has been with the Springfield Fire Department for more than 20 years.

"I have three boys of my own and raised them while working at the fire department and it's tough cause you're here a third of your life and you miss a lot things," he said. 

In recent months, they've responded to several brush fires and this holiday they're keeping a watchful eye should another one occur. 

"Probably just discarded cigarettes or something with an open flame burning brush and it just getting out of hand," Stites said. 

One fire on Airport Road burned dangerously close to a nearby home and kept crews on the scene for hours.

Parts of middle Tennessee had ran overnight Wednesday, but it's not enough to impact the drought. 

"The little bit of rain we had last night is not enough rainfall for anything, or for them to start going out and burning again. I guess people get the wrong impression, it rained one time it's going to be good to burn again and it's really not. We need several good days of hard rain before anybody thinks about burning any leaves or brush again," said Stites.

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