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Can't take the heat: Fire dept. vehicle scorched in Shimane controlled blaze

The grasslands of the Nishinohara field of Mount Sanbe are consumed by the red flames of a controlled burn in Oda, Shimane Prefecture, on March 27, 2018. (Oda Municipal Government)
The Oda Municipal Fire Department vehicle burns after the fire spread in the Nishinohara field of Mount Sanbe in Oda, Shimane Prefecture, on March 27, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the Oda Municipal Government)

ODA, Shimane -- A municipal fire truck was engulfed in flames in a spring crop-burning mishap here, it has been learned.

    A Shimane Prefectural Government helicopter was dispatched to put out the flaming truck belonging to the Oda fire department that was supposed to be watching over the March 27 blaze at the Mount Sanbe's Nishinohara field in the city's Sanbecho district.

    The Oda Fire Department Headquarters explained, "This is a first. It was probably due to the strong winds." The truck was completely burned, but there were thankfully no injuries.

    A total of 130 volunteers, municipal government personnel and members of the committee in charge of overseeing the controlled burn were on the scene. The fire was lit in one place after another around the grassland around 10 a.m., and it quickly grew into a fiery red blaze -- and spread. Just after noon, the annual event came to a halt after the truck caught fire.

    From the ashes of the field, new buds will sprout, and by the beginning of May, the field will be filled with fresh greenery. The trails on and around Mount Sanbe are planned to open on April 22.

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