Annual Fish Fry is April 16th

Piney Fire Department invites all our supporters to the Annual Fish Fry on April 16, 2016 at Station #1 on Old Hwy 111.  The fire department will be serving dinners starting at 4:oo pm.  An auction will follow at 5:30 pm.  Many items will be available during the auction.  Please come out, buy a dinner or two, and bid at the auction.  All monies raised support the fire department.  Money is used to pay monthly bills, buy fuel, and purchase needed equipment.  Donations can be made by contacting any member or bringing items to the fire hall on April 16th.  See you there.

 

Piney Fire Department Called to Large Brush Fire on Old 111

Large brush fire burning on Old Hwy 111.

Large brush fire burning on Old Hwy 111.

Local landowners were burning off their land on the south end of Old State Hwy 111 when the fire burned out of control.  Piney Fire Department was called to the scene on Wednesday evening, March 16, 2016.  The call came in around 5:00 pm.  Piney and Spencer Fire & Rescue responded.  The controlled fire had escaped in the sagebrush and pine trees quickly getting beyond the landowner’s control. No structures were endangered by the fire.  The local Forestry Department was called to the scene to assist.  Forestry arrived on scene and used multiple dozers to put a fire break line around the entire fire.  Several acres were burned.

 

 

Todd Sawmill Heavily Damaged by Late Night Fire

Fire significantly damaged the sawmill

Fire significantly damaged the sawmill

A late night fire at Todd Sawmill heavily damaged some equipment.  Piney Fire Department was paged to the scene March 8, 2016 after 10:00 pm.  First arriving crews on the scene found smoke and fire in the middle of the structure where the sawing equipment was situated.  Crews rapidly deployed a hose and tamed the fire.  Spencer Fire & Rescue and Fall Creek Falls Fire Department responded as mutual aid.

After the fire had been extinguished, there were many embers glowing.  The sawmill owner was requested to use his small skidsteer to remove some equipment outside of the structure.  After most of the items with hot spots were moved outside, remaining hotspots were cooled with more water.  No injuries were reported.  Van Buren County EMS and Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.