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10/4/2012 10:16:00 AM
Firefighters battle another field fire; Chief urges public to be alert

Quick action by the Windom Fire Department and some volunteers helped keep a corn field fire from spreading out of control yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to a field located about six miles west of Windom, in Great Bend Township, at 2 p.m. yesterday. The field is located just south of the Dempsey Bridge.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire, which ultimately burned about 70 acres of corn stubble. No standing corn was impacted by the blaze.

Windom Fire Chief Dan Ortmann said he received help from three area farmers--Scott Veenker, Jack Schaffer and Pat Elston--who tilled the areas beyond the fire, creating a barrier to help stop the fire from spreading.

"It is extremely dry out there," Ortmann said. "With the wind conditions as they are, with no moisture, it is extremely volatile. It will not take much to get a big fire going."

Ortmann urges the public to report any type of fire immediately.

"We'll check it out immediately," Ortmann said. "I'd much rather go to a false fire claim than get there too long after one is already going."

There is a burning ban in place for all of Cottonwood County and also for the City of Windom. No fires of any kind are allowed--including recreational fires and leaf burning.


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