BRAY — This past Thursday, a structure was lost to a grass fire that occurred off Camelback and Scott Road. The incident is now under investigation by the State Fire Marshal, according to Bray Volunteer Fire Chief Brian Gensamer.

Authorities received a call around 3 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2021, to the grass fire in the Bray area around Camelback and Scott. Several Stephens County units, including Bray Volunteer Fire Department, Duncan Fire Department and Stephens County Sheriff’s office, responded.

Gensamer stated no one was home in the house and the State Fire Marshal has been brought in to conduct the investigation with no updates readily available as of press time Monday.

“I have not heard anything about determining the cause of how it started, that was the main reason for the investigation,” Gensamer said. “No one was home so we are unsure of how it started.”

With dry conditions over the last few weeks, the Stephens County Commissioners enacted a burn ban almost four weeks ago and extended it Monday at the Jan. 3 County Commission meeting for another week.

Gensamer stated the amount of calls firefighters have responded to are a result of residents and citizens being unaware of the burn ban. Gensamer hopes more awareness will help the fires.

“I have not calculated the acres lost in the fire,” he said. “(People) need to pay attention and check if there is a burn ban on before they start do some welding, cutting or burning that they want to do. The few calls we had, the people didn’t know the burn ban was on. Granted, it was on Facebook, in the papers, but people just haven’t realized it (SIC).”

As of press time, the State Fire Marshal was still working on the final report for the fire. The Banner will update as information becomes available.

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