Columbus Twp. woods fire contained

A large woods fire that threatened two houses in southern Columbus Township was controlled by the quick action of firefighters from several area departments.

About 60 firefighters from eight departments responded to the blaze between Ridge and Stroup roads at about 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Scott Rooker. In most cases, the firefighters used water from backpacks, forestry rakes, chainsaws, and other tools to fight the fire. A moderate wind and the size of the fire presented challenges to the responders.

“The fire extended all the way across the hillside,” Rooker said at 7:15 p.m. “We’re trying to stay ahead of it.”

Two firefighters were treated for heat-related symptoms. Drinking water was provided at the scene by the American Red Cross. The houses escaped damage and the fire was largely out by 7:30. “It looks like we have it knocked down,” Rooker said.

Responding agencies included Columbus, Spring Creek, Bear Lake, Wrightsville, and Garland departments from Warren County and the Corry, Elgin Beaverdam, and Spartansburg departments from Erie County.