Embers stirred by wind spark field fire

Friday, January 23, 2009 | 4:23 p.m. CST; updated 5:38 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 24, 2009

COLUMBIA — Embers left over from a controlled burn were stirred up by the wind and ignited a field on Boothe Lane in Columbia Friday , according to Boone County Fire Protection Division District Chief Gale Blomenkamp.

Three Boone County fire engines responded to the call placed at 11:38 a.m., and the responders were able to subdue the fire by 2:33 p.m.

Though the fire, which spread across 3.5 acres, did not harm any people or buildings, it did consume 30 large bales of hay, valued at around $50 each.

The property’s owner spread out the bales and allowed them to burn out on their own.

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