BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Fire crews across the viewing area were battling field fires that broke out and caused damaged to several acres of Farmland Wednesday night. One of those fires was in Boone County. The fire took place right outside of Pike Indiana right next to State Road 39. Initially, firefighters were responding to a farm combine on fire. On their way, there they were informed the cornfield was in flames. Eight fire departments responded to the blaze in total. Mike Martin the fire chief of Thorntown Sugar Creek Township says that the wind made it hard to get the fire out.
“Wind is the biggest factor in this,” said Chief Martin. “It took the fire right across pretty quick when it gets into standing corn it makes it worse.”
The fire chief says they estimate that about 30-50 acres of standing corn was destroyed. No one was injured and no damage was done to buildings. State Road 39 was closed down for a short period of time due to the blaze.
There was also a filed fire in Montgomery County. Frankfort fire along with three volunteer fire departments responded to the area of County road 150 s and 500 E around 5 o'clock. Firefighters began working to fight the fire and prevent it from reaching nearby woods or spreading through standing corn. The fire was out by 6:15. No buildings were damaged, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Firefighters say around 50 acres of farmland were burned.