D-M firefighters snuff golf course blaze

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

Firefighters responded to a fire that was the result of a lightning strike at General William Blanchard Golf Course here last night.

At approximately 11 p.m., the lightning struck a palm tree adjacent to the green area on the golf course's first hole.

The A Shift fire crew from Station 2 of Davis-Monthan AFB's Fire Emergency Services extinguished the fire within 10 minutes of arriving on scene, according to Chief Jeff Somers, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron FES operations chief.

The blaze lit up the backyards of those living on the southeast corner of Commanders Circle.

 "My wife is the one who recognized that the strike set the tree on fire," said Col. Scott Campbell, 355th Fighter Wing commander. "The tree was fully engulfed and had flaming debris falling from it when the firefighters arrived. They had it out in just a few minutes."

The fire caused minimal damage, only leaving scorch marks to the palm tree and a portion of its immediate surrounding area.