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April 17th, 2007

Four Fire Departments Control Wind Blown Fire

A wind blown fire burned over a large area of field and grass near Eagle Lake Monday.

It took units of four fire departments two hours to extinguish the blaze, which broke out near county roads 500N and 550W at about 1:39 p.m. No injuries were reported in the fire, which reportedly started with a controlled burn.

Gusty winds, measured at close to 40 mph, pushed the blaze out of control and across a field. Firefighters were hampered not only by the wind, but by still wet ground that made it difficult to maneuver even four wheel drive vehicles to the fire area. At least one brush truck got stuck while battling the blaze.

No property damage was reported as a result of the fire, although some structures were reportedly threatened by the fast moving flames.

The Cromwell and Ligonier Fire Departments were initially paged to the fire, and fifteen minutes later Albion firefighters were called to bring out two more four wheel drive trucks and a pumper. Shortly after that, Noble Township firefighters brought another four wheel drive to the scene. A total of about a dozen emergency vehicles responded.

The blaze was declared under control after about 45 minutes, but firefighters remained on the scene another hour to extinguish hot spots. While the battle was going on the Orange Township Fire Department was called up to stand by in case of another run.

In addition to that fire, Avilla firefighters were called Saturday afternoon to a reported field fire in the 100 N block of CR 800E. That fire, which was called in at 3:26 p.m., reportedly turned out to be a controlled burn that hadn't been reported to authorities.

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