Area firefighters battle field fire
March 30, 2012
Strong winds on Tuesday, March 27, hampered the efforts of firefighters near the Marshall/Tama County line. Nearly 20 firefighters from the towns of Green Mountain, Garwin, and Gladbrook, operating 12 fire apparatus, worked for more than two hours trying to contain and extinguish the blaze. As firefighters thought they had it out, wind gusts would help build smoldering piles into flames, and drive more fire across the field. It was determined that trees that had been damaged in last year’s wind storm were cleared, a hole dug, and a portion of the trees pushed in and ignited. The winds carried an ember into the corn field and ignited the stalks, burning approximately 30-40 acres. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from jumping the road into Tama County. Wind gusts and sustained speeds are unknown at this time. There were no injuries reported, and no structures were threatened.
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