Posey Co. farmland charred after tractor fire

Published: Jun. 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM CDT
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Several acres of farmland are charred on Friday afternoon after what started as a tractor fire.

Firefighters were called to a field in Wadesville, in the 3600 block of Stallings Road just after 10:00 Friday morning. It took them about an hour to contain the fire.

Officials say the tractor was sitting just about 20 yards from the road when it caught on fire and burned up 15 acres of the wheat field.

Firefighters say someone was using the tractor to mow the field. At some point, firefighters say the tractor became overheated and caught on fire.

Wadesville Fire Captain Alex Smith says the tractor that started the fire was small, but that the wind helped spread the fire very quickly.

"With the way the wind is blowing, believe it or not, we've had a lot of rain, but it is dry in this stubble. It was moving at a very rapid pace. It took us, probably, approximately 40 minutes to get the whole fire contained," Smith says.

Even after the fire had been contained, firefighters were still driving around the field hosing down smoky areas, since it doesn't take much for fire to spread out in this wind.

Fortunately, this fire didn't cost the landowner very much since the wheat had already been combined.

No one was hurt.

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