Wheat field fire northeast of Burlington burns nearly 80 acres
June 17, 2020
Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m., Burlington's Fire Department received a call about a wheat field fire at County Road 600 and Osage Road. That location is two miles east and six miles north of Burlington. It's one mile south of the Kansas state line.
Burlington Fire Chief Aaron Smith said a bearing on a combine went out and caught fire igniting the wheat field fire. Smith said the fire started on Rick Schrock's field and jumped across the road from the south into another of Schrock's fields.
Besides Burlington, firefighters from Amorita-Byron Fire and Rescue responded as did Capron and Cherokee. They extinguished the fire as it got into some grass at the Schupbach Ranch and stopped the flames before they burned their soybeans.
Firefighter Brent Garvie said the fire also burned 60 to 70 round wheat straw bales owned by Mark Smith.