Field fires burn in region

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Area firefighters dealt with a one-two punch of dry weather and working farm equipment in two fires on Monday.

The day began with a field fire on Lamar Road in Prescott. Firefighters were called out for a fire caused by a farmer's combine, according to Tim Mayberry, chief for Fire District 7.

The ground was mostly stubble with some wheat still in place, he said. Numerous firefighters from various districts spent hours getting the blaze under control.

At 2:55 p.m., some crews were pulled off that location to respond to a fire at 4388 Frog Hollow Road, where a farmer was baling stubble when a spark from his swather ignited the straw, noted Fire District 4 chief, Rocky Eastman.

"It burned about 63 acres. It wasn't large but it was very stubborn, burning in those big windrows," he explained.

It took "40-some" firefighters and 20 pieces of equipment nearly four hours to get the fire mopped up, Eastman added this morning.

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