[cifnmedia] Illinois Brush Fires Still Burning

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  • Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 21:37:11 -0700 (PDT)


Illinois Brush Fires Still Burning
Firefighters Battle High Winds, Dry Brush

POSTED: 6:38 a.m. CDT April 19, 2004
UPDATED: 6:46 p.m. CDT April 19, 2004

Story by nbc5.com 

KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. -- Strong winds continue to make a difficult job more 
challenging in Kankakee County as flames spread across hundreds of acres of 
land, burning cars and homes in their path. 

NBC5's Kim Vatis (seen blown in the wind as she reported live Monday morning, 
left) reported that firefighters have been largely successful in their battle 
against brush fires that broke out in three Kankakee County towns Sunday 
afternoon. Images: Kankakee County Brush Fires 

The fires, fueled by high winds, broke out in Pembroke, Momence and St. Anne, 

Several hundred acres are charred and there are reports of several homes lost. 

In southeastern Pembroke, the fire was first reported about 2 p.m. Sunday. At 
least five houses were damaged, and about 50 cars at a junkyard were burned. 

"The wind is not letting up and it is not making it easier for firefighters," 
Vatis said Monday morning. 

The flames were reportedly under control or extinguished in Pembroke and 
Momence by 6:30 a.m. Monday. Firefighters were still working on the fire in St. 
Anne, which had burned "more than 300 acres of brush," according to NBC5, by 
Monday morning. 

"It is real difficult. Hopefully, today won't be another day like it was last 
night," said Pembroke firefighter John Johnson (pictured, right). "All our men 
are very, very stress(ed) and tired." 

Images: More slideshows from NBC5.com 

Copyright 2004 by NBC5.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be 
published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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