A light rain brought a little relief Wednesday night for firefighters and others exhausted from two days of battling wildfires all over Laclede and Camden counties.
A haze of smoke lay over much of Laclede County Wednesday afternoon and evening as 2,000 acres of brush, a house and two vehicles were ravaged by flames.
Scores of firefighters from outside the two counties were called in during the crisis. Three firefighters had to have hospital treatment for injuries suffered during that span, according to a situation report from the Laclede County Office of Emergency Management.
When a home in the 20000 area of Parkgrove Lane caught fire early Wednesday afternoon, units had to be pulled from other working fires to respond.
The three injuries were a case of heat exhaustion, an injured knee and an incident of chest pain, Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider said today.
The situation required Statewide Fire Mutual Aid Activation, the OEM report said. It listed 20 firefighting units from 15 different departments around the region that responded to requests for aid in Laclede and Camden counties during the past two days.
There are pictures that correspond this story. Our poor firefighters were just wore out and exhausted after both days. I had the task of assisting with coverage of our district.