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Extra Alarm Fire: Fast-Moving Brush Fire Starts Near Cedar Court South, Buffalo Grove

Sun July 08 2012 7:34 pm
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Fast-moving fire fueled by dry brush shows flames over 30 feet high in Buffalo Grove just after 1:10 p.m. Sunday [PHOTO CREDIT: Emanuel Krakauer]. See more than 300 photos on

Buffalo Grove police and firefighters responded about 1:06 p.m. Sunday to a report of a field fire near the 400 block of Cedar Court South. Emergency responders received a report that a small brush was caused by two juveniles setting off firecrackers, and that an off-duty police officer had the two juveniles in custody at the intersection of Brandywyn and Cedar Court South. The fire grew quickly with flames as high as 30 feet or more. The fire also spread rapidly toward the west with winds reported at about 15 mph to 18 mph from the northeast and from the north-northeast direction. Winds were also gusting as high as 26 mph during the fire.

The flames were frightening for residents that lived near the fire, as they watched a wall of fire edge toward their homes. Homes were definitely threatened by this brush fire. Fire command called for a second alarm, which brought firefighters from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Countryside, Deerfield-Bannockburn, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Prospect Heights, Grayslake, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Long Grove, Mundelein, Wheeling and other communities to assist Buffalo Grove firefighters.

Firefighters wet down the roofs and decks of homes near the fire, and also wet down the dry vegetation to the west of the fire. Several utility poles caught fire, which caused arcing wires. A widespread power outage also occurred in the neighborhoods nearby. The area is also covered by high tension power lines.

Firefighter operations for a threatening brush fire, especially on the West Division of the fire, near Brandywyn (See over 300 photos on

Small fires continued to burn Sunday evening, and firefighters were called to a grass fire that rekindled as late as 7:25 p.m. Sunday near the 500 block of Coventry Lane.

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