Fire hits Clayton fields

Published 7:52 am Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fire vehicles drive through the smoke of a wild fire sweeping over fields in Clayton Township Wednesday. - Eric Johnson/

Two fires broke out due to high wind gusts Wednesday afternoon — including a cornfield fire that blazed for over a mile in Clayton Township.

A fallen power line was to blame for the cornfield fire in Clayton Township after wind gusts damaged the power line — owned by ITC — and caused it to fall into the field. The line sparked corn stubble while James Kellogg of rural Taopi was picking his corn.

Grand Meadow, Dexter and LeRoy fire departments, along with Mower County sheriff’s deputies, spent nearly four hours fighting the fire.

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Sheriff Terese Amazi said there is no damage estimate at this time but some standing corn was ruined.

Around 4 p.m., Brownsdale Fire Department responded to a grass fire in Red Rock Township a half-mile east of Highway 56.

The blaze began when a brush pile that had been previously burned rekindled due to heavy winds.

Fire fighters were on the scene for an hour and a half and reported no loss from the incident.