FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1500 Block of Terrace View Lane
At approximately 3:02pm, our department was notified of black smoke in the area of the Peoria Country Club at 4700 North Grandview Drive. While en-route, crews were notified that the fire was located on Forest Park Hill closest to Terrace View Lane. Engine 653, Rescue 658, and Command 2 arrived to find a fire stretching up the hillside approximately 200-250 feet from the nearest access on Terrace View Lane. Access to extinguish the fire was hindered by terrain as well as wind which was driving the fire further down a ravine. Crews from Peoria Heights with assistance from Dunlap Community Fire Protection District, Limestone Township Fire Protection District, Peoria IL Fire Department, and West Peoria Fire Protection District were able to extinguish the fire after approximately 1-2 acres were burned. Crews from Germantown Hills Fire Department were on station to cover additional calls in our district. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation at this time.
Fires of this nature can be incredibly complex to extinguish due to terrain, fire load, and weather factors such as dry weather and wind. Always remember to use caution with recreational fires when the weather is dry and windy to avoid any potential problems.