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Local agencies from Harrison, Shelby counties battle weekend fires
Harrison County Emergency Management reported no injuries or damaged structures after a field fire broke out on Sunday.
Authorities say the 911 call came in about a fire southeast of Mondamin at about 1:15 p.m. and the blaze spread quickly because of high winds and dry fuel conditions.
"Corn fields that had just been picked and some bean stubble and then with the current drought conditions and everything. Everything is just so dry and we had reports of 50-mile-per-hour winds if not more. That kind of helped spread the fire pretty quickly," said EMA/911 Coordinator Phillip Davis.
They say it burned for several miles before being under control at around 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters from a dozen local communities responded to the scene along with six different departments of law enforcement or emergency management. Multiple local farmers also responded with disks and tractors to help contain the blaze.
"It's not something that's always recommended but definitely needed on this fire," said Davis.
Davis says another fire broke out near the border of Shelby and Harrison counties on Saturday.
"That one was a little bit different. Winds were not nearly as strong but it still was windy enough that there were several crews on the scene and knocked down the fire pretty quickly," said Davis.
He says both incidents are currently under investigation.