Brush fire scorches vineyard in Murray on Hindsburg Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 April 2023 at 4:47 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MURRAY – Adam Blosenhauer of the Murray Joint Fire District is on the scene of a brush fire on Hindsburg Road in Murray this afternoon.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 3:13 p.m. This is a vineyard and field with lots of wood next to the Salamaca Estate Winery near Ridge Road.

Adam Blosenhauer puts out the field fire on Hindsburg Road. Firefighters from Murray and Albion doused the fire which devoured much of the vineyard.

Matt Francis of the Albion Fire Department carries this hose through the vineyard.

Murray firefighters – right to left Assistant Chief Jimmy Fox, Assistant Chief David Smith and Lieutenant Adam Blosenhauer – hose down chunks of wood and grass.

The dry conditions and temperatures near 70 have the area vulnerable to brush fires, firefighters said.

An outdoor burn ban is in effect from March 16 through May 14. Fox, the assistant chief, said the owners of the property didn’t start the fire. A fire investigator is at the scene to try to determine the cause.

Fox said firefighters started battling the brush fire closest to the winery and moved towards to the vineyard to make sure the fire didn’t get to the barn on site, which has been used for Salamanca Estate Winery.

Albion firefighters used a deck gun to send water into the field that was smoking and hot from the fire. John Papponetti of the Albion FD is up top on the truck.