Maier fire overloads emergency workers

In what was already a history making day for the fire and law enforcement personnel of Fallon County…

Posted August 3, 2012

By Lisa Kilsdonk

In what was already a history making day for the fire and law enforcement personnel of Fallon County, the 4:15 p.m. call reporting a fire on the Roland Maier place, about eight miles west of Baker, just north of Highway 12, stretched the county’s resources extremely thin.

Baker’s assistant fire chief Robert Singer took charge of the fight against the fire which threatened several structures. According to the Baker fire log book, the fire burned 210 acres. The blaze was mainly fought by firefighters from Wibaux, Ekalaka and Marmarth who were originally enroute in response to mutual aid call that had gone out about an hour earlier for the train derailment and resulting fires just another five or so miles down the road. Also helping fight the fire were county road department employees running two graders and a dozer, as well as two blades sent in from Griffith Excavation.

One hundred forty of Darin Buerkle’s bales burnt up in the fire, but no structures were damaged. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Firefighters left the scene at midnight.