Fire fighters respond to large grain fire in Amalga

Fire fighters battling a grain fire in Amalga, Thursday, August 15, 2019 (Will Feelright).

AMALGA — For the second time in less than a week, fire fighters were dispatched to a grass fire Thursday afternoon. The two alarm blaze was reported in a grain field around 2:30 p.m. near 5800 N. 2280 W.

Fire fighters battling a grain fire in Amalga, Thursday, August 15, 2019 (Will Feelright).

According to reports, the fire is believed to have started by a combine harvester that was cutting the grain field at the time. Flames quickly spread because of the dry conditions and wind gusts.

Several nearby farmers used their tractors and plows to create a barrier around the perimeter of the field. Tender units and brush trucks then extinguished the flames inside the fire lines.

The combined effort kept flames from spreading to nearby homes and adjoining fields.

The fire was extinguished within 90 minutes but not before it consumed most of the grain crop. The fire produced large plumes of smoke that were seen throughout the valley.

On Saturday, fire fighters were called to a similar blaze. People were burning debris in a field when the flames spread out of control.


will@cvradio.com

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