Debris from fire pit ignites large grass fire in Butler County


The Butler County Sheriff's Office says a large grass fire ignited after a man cleaned out his fire pit.

Crews were able to contain the fire but remained on scene to put out hotspots.

The sheriff's office says the man was on his way to the landfill with the debris when it rekindled and caught grass on fire as he drove. There was no damage to homes or structures, but several homes were evacuated.

Dispatchers say the fire spread from Southwest 40th Avenue and Ohio to Boyer Road (southeast of Towanda), south to 50th Avenue and 60th Avenue.

Herzet says a fire at the landfill was extinguished.


Firefighters in Butler County are on the scene of multiple grass fires.

911 dispatchers say the fires stretch from SW 40th Ave. and Ohio to Bowyer south to 50th Ave. and 60th Ave.

A reverse 911 has been sent out to homeowners who live in the area.

Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene.