HENDERSON (AP) — Fire officials believe an unattended brush pile is to blame for a more than 500-acre blaze in western Illinois.
The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports that firefighters from 16 department helped battle the field fire for more than 5 hours on Wednesday afternoon. The blaze was near the village of Henderson north of Galesburg.
Henderson Fire Chief Bill Stone says one building was evacuated as a precaution. He says no buildings were damaged and there were no injuries reported.
Stone says wind gusts were as high as 30 mph. He says they fanned the flames and caused the fire to spread quickly. Firefighters extinguished the blaze at about 5:30 p.m.