Saturday, October 17, 2020

Outbreak Of Midwest Field Fires October 2020

1.   Anthon Iowa Field Fire 11 OCT. 2020 

Anthon field fire contained, no homes damaged 

ANTHON, Iowa -- An uncertain number of acres of farmland were scorched Sunday afternoon in a rapidly-spreading field fire west of Anthon. Rebecca Socknat, Woodbury County Emergency Management coordinator, said the fire began in a field near the intersection of County Road D38 and Lucas Avenue, just west of Anthon, shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday. Socknat did not know the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported in the fire. In a Facebook post later Sunday evening, Woodbury County Emergency Management reported that no family dwellings were damaged, and crews had contained the fire but were continuing to monitor hot spots. Multiple area fire crews and emergency management agencies were deployed to the fire. Farmers assisted by blading farmland near the fire, in an effort to create a firebreak, and privately-owned water tankers and other equipment assisted on scene. Source 

2.  Bondville, Illinois Field Fire 14 OCT 2020

5 departments called to fight field fire near Bondville

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) — Five departments responded to a large field fire Wednesday afternoon near Interstate 57 and Interstate 72 by Bondville.  According to the village's fire chief, the fire was started by a combine. It took about 30 minutes for the fire to be put out. Heavy smoke could be seen for miles, which slowed traffic on Interstate 57.   One vehicle caught fire at the scene and it was not known if anyone was injured as of Wednesday afternoon.   Much of Central Illinois is under a Red Flag warning. This means if a fire does start, it could spread very quickly because of the lack of rain, low extended dry pattern and low humidity. Source

3. Sadorus, Illinois Field Fire14 OCT. 2020

Crews respond to corn field fire

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Firefighters responded to a corn field fire in Sadorus Wednesday.  It happened just west of Market Street around 11 a.m.. Several fire departments responded to the scene. Also, farmers helped by tilling the crops in the field to stop the spread.  There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Source 

4. Danforth, Illinois Field Fire 14 OCT. 2020

Firefighters, farmers work together to stop Danforth area field fire

Area firefighters and farmers worked together to extinguish a massive field fire west of Danforth the afternoon of Oct. 14.  It was one of several field fires in the Illiana area. This one was about four miles from north to south.  Danforth Fire Protection District Chief Jason Brown said the fire started at County Road 2000 and traveled to County Road 2400. Depending on the wind, the fire was from about 200 yards wide to a half-mile wide. Danforth firefighters were called at about 3:30 p.m. Source

5. Boon County Indiana Field Fire 14 OCT. 2020


BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Fire crews across the viewing area were battling field fires that broke out and caused damaged to several acres of Farmland Wednesday night. One of those fires was in Boone County. The fire took place right outside of Pike Indiana right next to State Road 39. Initially, firefighters were responding to a farm combine on fire. On their way, there they were informed the cornfield was in flames. Eight fire departments responded to the blaze in total. Mike Martin the fire chief of Thorntown Sugar Creek Township says that the wind made it hard to get the fire out. “Wind is the biggest factor in this,” said Chief Martin. “It took the fire right across pretty quick when it gets into standing corn it makes it worse.” The fire chief says they estimate that about 30-50 acres of standing corn was destroyed. No one was injured and no damage was done to buildings. State Road 39 was closed down for a short period of time due to the blaze. There was also a filed fire in Montgomery County. Frankfort fire along with three volunteer fire departments responded to the area of County road 150 s and 500 E around 5 o'clock. Firefighters began working to fight the fire and prevent it from reaching nearby woods or spreading through standing corn. The fire was out by 6:15. No buildings were damaged, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Firefighters say around 50 acres of farmland were burned. Source

6. Tonica, Illinois Field Fire 14 OCT. 2020

Large field fire near Tonica contained 

TONICA – A large field fire Wednesday along I-39 near Tonica burned countless acres, but was eventually extinguished thanks to the teamwork of multiple area fire departments and farmers. The fire, centered around North 20th Road and East 4th Road, drew over 15 departments to the scene in rural LaSalle County. Farmers in the area with tillage equipment began to work a fire line to help contain the blaze on a day that saw a “Red Flag Warning” for fire danger. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Source

7. West Point Nebraska Field Fire 14 OCT. 2020

Field fire keeps fire fighters, EMTs on scene nearly four hours

A field fire Sunday northeast of West Point kept fire departments and EMT personnel from West Point, Beemer and Bancroft busy for close to four hours. Corn stubble, soybean stubble and some standing corn provided fuel for the fire which was hard to contain because of the winds from the south. The fire was located between County Roads 19-20 (west to east) and Roads N-P (south to north). West Point Fire Chief Tom Stratman said the fire was about 1/4-mile wide at its widest point and spread about 1 3/4 miles from south to north. Stratman said the initial concern were hog confinement units, and then some buildings about a mile north. He thanked several farmers for arriving with equipment to help the firefighters. Source 

8. Clay County, Nebraska Field Fire 15 OCT. 2020

Farmer speaks out following harvest equipment fire in Clay County

In the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 15th, several local fire departments responded to a fire in rural Clay County, NE.  Jonathan Rempel said he was getting his two children ready for school on Thursday when he received a phone call from the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department.  “They said Your harvest equipment is on fire,” Rempel recalled. “All of it.”  According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office, the fire destroyed a combine, two trucks and trailers filled with grain, a tractor, and a grain cart. Source 

9. Mitchell, Indiana Field Fire 16 OCT. 2020

Brush Hog Causes Large Field Fire, Over 15 Acres Involved

(MITCHELL) – A brush hog caused a large cornfield fire in the 800 block of Grandma Brown Road around 3:42 p.m. Friday.Gary Hall was also working the field when he noticed the brush hog and a tractor a 78-year old man was driving catch on fire. He ran to the tractor and assisted that gentlemen out of the tractor. Neither man was injured during the incident. Fire officials believe the brush hog got too hot and, with dry conditions, sparked the large fire. Source 

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