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Posted on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 8:17 a.m.

Oil well flares prompt false fire alarm calls in Saline area

By Cindy Heflin

Flares from oil wells drilled in Saline Township have resulted in several false alarm fire calls from residents, the Saline Post reported.


Craig Hoeft

The recently drilled wells, one near Arkona and Goodrich roads and one on Braun Road near the township hall, are more visible now that the leaves have fallen off the trees, the news website reported.

Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said the Saline Area Fire Department has responded to about 10 calls that turned out to be the wells’ gas flares.

Paxton Resources, which operates the wells, is putting up structures to obscure the view of the flares, The Post reported.



Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

I have not seen these particular ones, but the flames are small and you would have to really be paranoid to think it's a forest fire. They are smokeless and small unless you are standing 100 feet away. I should drive by and see if these are different. versus


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

Filing a false report of a fire is against the law. It sounds like enforcement is warranted.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the false reports are/were not intentional

David Briegel

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Drill Baby Drill!

Unusual Suspect

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

I can't help but think "Don Rickles" every time I see this picture of Craig Hoeft. The fact Craig has such a big, friendly smile only adds to the image.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

"I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt - no problem..." [The Princess Bride - 1987] Wait until the "rodents of unusual size" start to pop up around Saline. Then residents there will really have something to be concerned about.