Personnel from Saline County's rural fire districts were kept busy Thursday by several grass fires and a pickup fire.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said this morning that Rural Fire District No. 1 personnel were called out at 9:54 a.m. Thursday to the 3400 block of S. Amos Road for a control burn of a brush pile that got out of control and spread to a neighbor's field.
At 12:30 p.m., Rural Fire District No. 2 personnel responded to a fire along the ditch in the 2400 block of E. Farrelly Road. Soldan said the cause of the fire was not known. A neighbor was attempting to put out the fire with a shovel when firefighters arrived, he added.
Rural Fire District No. 5 personnel responded at 12:58 p.m. to a control burn of a field in the 3200 block of E. Spillman Road that jumped fire breaks and got out of control. Soldan said the blaze spread to a neighbor's property, where it destroyed two old cars valued at $500.
At 4:44 p.m., Rural Fire District No. 2 personnel responded to the report of a vehicle fire in the 2600 block of E. Hobbs Creek Road. A 2013 Dodge Ram 3500 belonging to Rebecca Heimer, of Minneapolis, was destroyed. Total loss, including contents of the pickup, was estimated at $38,000, Soldan said. An electrical issue is believed to be the cause of the fire.