Firefighters battle Malta Bend blaze Tuesday (Updated at 9:57 a.m. Wed., Oct. 26)
Strong winds had Malta Bend and Blackburn firefighters working to stop a blaze that broke out at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25.
It appeared a field fire started approximately 20 yards from the highway near 15311 N. U.S. Highway 65 in Malta Bend. It quickly spread across train tracks and through a harvested field where it continued to burn a charred path headed northeast.
Firefighters continued to work toward containment an hour later, and Marshall Fire Department arrived on scene at 1:59 p.m. to assist.
Local landowners said the fire cut through five properties, with firefighters extinguishing the blaze all the way to a bluff above the Malta Bend river bottoms. According to an MFD report there was no significant property damage.
Three and a half hours later, Marshall responded to a second field fire at 22689 N. U.S. Highway 65. Firefighters arrived on scene at 5:35 p.m. and had the fire controlled by 6:22 p.m., according to a department report.
Though the origin of the first fire hasn't yet been confirmed, a discarded cigarette most likely caused the second, according to the report. Wind gusts peaked to 35 miles per hour Tuesday and rain amounts aren't expected to exceed 1/10 of an inch Wednesday, except during thunderstorms.
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