Man tries to burn beehive but starts a grass fire instead

Man tries to burn beehive but starts a grass fire instead
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BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - A man who was trying to burn a beehive ended up starting a grass fire that took off.

The fire broke out around 1:45 p.m. Friday in the 7400 block of N.E. 239th Street in Battle Ground.

According to Clark County Fire & Rescue, a man was lighting carburetor fluid on fire to try to burn an underground beehive and the fire quickly spread along the ground and then to two large warehouses.

Fire crews put out a call for two alarms as a precaution but were able to get the blaze under control fairly quickly. There was only minor damage to the buildings.


Clark County has a burn ban in effect and what happened illustrates why they do not want folks doing any burning right now. Here is the burn ban notice the county sent out earlier this week:

With wildfires raging in Washington and other western states, and local temperatures soaring, Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway is reminding residents that all residential burning from land clearing is restricted until further notice.

Burn bans took effect for private property in both Clark and Cowlitz counties on July 15. They are scheduled to remain in place until Sept. 30 or later, depending on weather conditions and fire hazards. The Washington Department of Natural Resources put a burn ban in place July 1 for property managed by that agency.

Dunaway said the National Fire Protection Association recommends some simple measures that do not require power tools to reduce fire dangers. These include:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This could prevent embers from igniting your home or other structures.
  • Water and maintain lawns.
  • Dispose of debris and lawn cuttings.

"These are short-term tactics that can reduce anybody's risk," he said. "In general, we also encourage property owners to have a long-term plan for prevention. That's something they should implement when weather allows them to complete the necessary activities."

The Fire Marshal and emergency managers also recommend a personal evacuation plan. Identify and gather priority items to take if you have to evacuate on short notice, and make sure family members know where to reunite if they are separated and unable to return home.

For more information, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at (360) 397-2186 or visit the county's website.