Field fire brings out fire crews

HARTINGTON — The Hartington and Wausa fire departments battled a field blaze Friday afternoon whipped up by winds in excess of 40 miles per hour. The Hartington Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene, six miles south and two miles west of Highway 81, around 4 p.m. Friday. The Wausa Volunteer Fire Department was called for mutual aid shortly after.

According to Wausa Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief, Dave Carlson, the fire began as a result of work being done to a center pivot. Severe winds caused the blaze to get out of control. Corn and bean field stubble were burned, but nothing of significant value was damaged.

“We worked on it for a couple of hours,” said Carlson. “It was challenging to get the fire contained with the tough wind conditions. We had to battle all of the elements.”