Fire in SE Wis. destroys 7 to 10 acres of wheat

About 30 firefighters battled fire

A fire in a southeastern Wisconsin wheat field has destroyed seven to 10 acres of crop.

The fire was reported Friday afternoon in the Town of Yorkville. Fire officials said by the time firefighters arrived, six to seven acres of mostly unharvested crop were ablaze.

A Journal Times of Racine report said about 30 firefighters battled the flames for 90 minutes before extinguishing the fire.

Tim Allen, an assistant chief with the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department, said the fire began as workers were harvesting the crop.

He said plant matter sometimes gets stuck in a combine and overheats. He speculates that the combine shot out some smoldering bits of chaff onto the dry field, igniting the fire.

Yorkville is about 10 miles west of Racine.

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