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Wildfire scorches 100-plus acres

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Winds fuel Glendale-area blaze

By Marty Finley

A wildfire that erupted along West Rhudes Creek Road in southern Hardin County Sunday evening scorched several of acres of land, taking at least one vacant house, some outbuildings and barns in its wake.

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Glendale Fire Chief Richard Peters said eight fire departments, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Hardin County EMS, Nolin RECC and Kentucky Utilies responded to the massive blaze, which broke out around 5 p.m. Sunday, crawling across several fields and lapping flames close to New Glendale Road as firefighters struggled to contain it against whipping wind conditions.

Crews were dispatched from locations such as Sonora, Stephensburg, Upton and White Mills to corral the flames.

The fire originated in the 1200 block of West Rhudes Creek Road between Overall-Phillips Road and New Glendale Road. Portions of both West Rhudes Creek Road and New Glendale Road were closed to traffic.

Peters said officials had neither determined the cause of the fire nor had time to investigate its origin.

“I have no idea,” said Peters, who was heading up the command post at the scene. Peters said the fire consumed “at least 100 acres.”

Peters said no serious injuries had been reported. One firefighter had twisted an ankle but was not transported from the scene. The house that was destroyed was in the 3500 block of New Glendale Road but was unoccupied, according to Peters.

Crews had successfully contained the blaze close to New Glendale Road before 8 p.m. Sunday and Peters declared the fire under control at 8:49 p.m.

Peters said an older brush truck, belonging to one of the mutual aid departments, suffered a mechanical breakdown but was not damaged by the fire.

Thick plumes of smoke stretched far beyond the reaches of the flames as smoky haze settled in, easily seen from the U.S. 31W Bypass in Elizabethtown Wind gusts of up to 32 mph blew the smoke north into Elizabethtown and the smell permeated the city.

An investigation into the cause and total damage and size still is ongoing, Peters said after the fire was declared under control.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@ thenewsenterprise.com. Neal Cardin contributed to this story.