DES MOINES, Iowa – Firefighters are on the scene of a large brush fire at a cemetery on the east side of Des Moines.
Fire crews were called out to Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3601 E. Court Avenue around 5:14 a.m. Tuesday, according to Captain Chris Clement with the Des Moines Fire Department.
Fire officials on the scene tell WHO 13 that the fire is a challenge to fight because there aren’t nearby water hydrants. They’ve had to truck in water to fight the flames.
The brush piles are located on the top of a hill, which is also causing some issues for firefighters.
“There’s also a potential that as this pile of logs burns that it will start to avalanche down the hill, so we’re keeping a safe distance from that,” said District Fire Chief Andy Juelfs.
Crews are expected to be on the scene for several hours to make sure the fire doesn’t spread. Juelfs said there doesn’t appear to be a huge life safety concern or property concern from the fire, but because a lot of the department’s resources are being used on this fire it does leave them stretched thin for other fires that may arise.