Multiple units respond to fire south of Ansley on windy Monday

Staff Writer

Multiple local fire districts responded to a fire in southeastern Custer County Monday shortly after 12 noon.

The location was just west of Hwy 183 about 13 miles south of Ansley.

The fire was in a field south of the Barbara and Lowell Eloe home. “South of the house,” Barbara Eloe said. “Some of it was our land. Some was Mike Chartraw’s land.”

High winds were a major concern. According to the National Weather Service, winds were out of the northwest at 26 mph with gusts as high as 37 mph in central Custer County.

Neil and Julie Ostrand who live about three miles north of the location, were some of the first on the scene. They fought the fire with buckets of water, wet towels and wet rugs. “Anything we could grab,” Julie Ostrand said.”You just got to do what you got to do.” They refilled the buckets with the garden hose at the Eloe house. On a day like today, Ostrand added, “everyone in the neighborhood shows up.”

By a little after 2 p.m., some fire units were returning to their home bases. While the fire appeared to be contained, many units were still on scene at 3 p.m.

There is no official report of cause of fire or how many acres burned at this time.

Units from the following districts were seen on site: Amherst, Ansley, Anselmo, Arcadia, Broken Bow, Callaway, Comstock, Eddyville, Merna, Miller, and Oconto. Additional units may have also been on the scene.