3 area fire departments battle field fire Thursday afternoon (Updated at 12:52 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7)

Thursday, October 6, 2011
An Arrow Rock Fire Department crew lays water down on burning corn stubble Thursday, Oct. 6, in effort to extinguish a fire in a field on Route D in eastern Saline County. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Firefighters from Arrow Rock, Slater and Marshall converged on a corn field on Route D three miles north of state Highway 41 in eastern Saline County Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, to battle a fire caused by heat from a tractor shredder, according to Arrow Rock Fire Department.

"(The driver) had to kick out the window of the tractor to escape," said Donna Haynes, who noticed the fire from the highway.

According to Haynes, another witness, Bill Mathews, crossed a fence, ran across the field and helped the driver get away from the engulfed tractor.

Smoke pours across Route D three miles north of state Highway 41 Thursday afternoon as firefighters from Arrow Rock, Slater and Marshall battle to extinguish the blaze. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Firefighters from Arrow Rock responded to the scene at 24305 Route D at approximately 4:20 p.m. and called in Slater and Marshall fire departments for assistance shortly after 5 p.m.

The tractor was still burning about 5:30 p.m., but no one was injured in the blaze.

The fire was declared under control just after 6 p.m., according to scanner traffic.

A Slater Ambulance crew stood by, and Saline County Sheriff's deputies assisted with traffic control because of thick smoke.

"When (he) got out he could not see the flames because he was disoriented and covered in soot," Haynes added.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Thursday, which was in effect until 7 p.m. Though no official warning has been issued for Friday, Oct. 7, weather conditions are expected to be similar with stronger gusts of wind.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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  • My first thought when I heard about this fire was someone throwing a cigarette out the window. Seen that already too many times this year around corn fields.

    -- Posted by golfaddic on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 9:58 PM
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