DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS FUEL GRASS FIRE NORTHWEST OF LEWIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON
(Lewis) A brush fire is blamed for the blaze that that swept through an estimated 100-acres of farmland northwest of Lewis Saturday afternoon.
Assistant Atlantic Fire Chief Russell Peck says the Lewis and Atlantic Fire Departments were called out at around 3:30 p.m. Peck says some nearby landowners started a brush fire near Indian Creek Road at around noon. He says the gusty winds and dry conditions caused the fire to get away.
Peck say grass units from Griswold, Walnut, and Marne were called in to assist, along with a neighbor with a field disk. Peck says it took nearly 2 and 1/2 hours to stop the blaze that was being fueled by dry corn stalks and grass, not to mention 30-mile an hour winds that pushed the fire an estimated 40-miles per hour across the grass and corn stalk fields.
The tanker units from the Lewis and Atlantic Fire Departments were also on scene.