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Fire burns wheat field

Four fire departments came together last Thursday, Aug. 22, to extinguish a blazing wheat field three miles south of Cornelius.

On Southwest Iowa Hill Road near Southwest Gnos Road, about 24 firefighters responded with six brush rigs to the column of smoke rising from a cut wheat field fire spreading toward the east.

While a local farmer flailed the field, a bearing in his tractor seized up, causing overheating and sparks and likely igniting the blaze that charred about four acres, officials said.by: COURTESY PHOTO: CORNELIUS FIRE DEPARTMENT - Six brush rigs and 24 firefighters from four districts came put out a Cornelius field fire last week before it spread any farther.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Gaston Fire District and Washington County Fire District responded to assist the Cornelius Fire Department. It took responders about 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. The fire crew stayed on the scene for about an hour after that to ensure no further hot spots ignited.

There were no injuries, and no structures were threatened.

Earlier this week, western Washington County was placed in a “high fire danger” category.  




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