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Weekend brush fire in Gardner spread to field before being extinguished

GARDNER – The Gardner Fire Protection District responded Saturday afternoon to a brush fire at 7030 Woods Road in rural Gardner with mutual aid from South Wilmington, Mazon and Dwight.

About 25 to 30 acres of corn field ignited after a farmer started burning a wood pile on his property.

"It is a full still response with no exposure to buildings," Gardner Fire Chief Terry Jensen said from the scene. "Winds are heavy out of the southwest and blew the fire east, catching the harvested field on fire."

Jensen said the farmer thought the previous rains left the fields wet enough to ensure a safe burn, but corn stalks remaining from last fall's harvest stay pretty dry and flammable.

"Anytime the winds are five to 10 miles an hour or stronger people should reconsider burning," Jensen said.

With four brush trucks attacking the fire, it was extinguished in about an hour.

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