Smoke and flames can be seen as a wheat field burns along Hardin Pike Saturday afternoon. Several area fire departments send firefighters to battle the blaze.
The Wapakoneta Fire Department received a number of calls Saturday evening regarding a fire near a woods south of U.S. 33 between County Road 25A and Interstate 75.
Motorists passing the woods saw flames climbing more than 20 feet in the air near a woods on the northern end of Progress Drive near a woods before the drive becomes part of a small section of Canning Factory Road which leads back to a couple of houses close to I-75.
Wapakoneta Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and found the property owner burning four or five brush piles which were a safe distance from the woods, firefighter Dan Jackson told the Wapakoneta Daily News this morning.
“We had several calls and it looked like the woods could catch on fire from the U.S. 33 but the burning brush piles were all a back away from the woods,” Jackson said. “We went out and cleaned up the area and cut some brush so it wouldn’t spread anymore.”
Another firefighter said they wetted the area between the brush piles and the woods so it would not spread to the woods.
Two Wapakoneta Police Department cruisers also responded after several calls were made at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters were still at the scene at 10 p.m. as smoke could still be scene.
A field fire claimed stubble of a wheat field at 3 p.m. Saturday on Hardin Pike approximately one mile south of U.S. 33.
Firefighters from Botkins, Buckland and St. Johns fire departments responded to the fire.