Winds ignite 2 fires near Bridgeport

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Two fires within minutes of each other near Bridgeport damaged corn stalks and hay bales.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Brad Mueller said that both fires were caused by trash and rubbish burns that got out of control.

The first fire, called in just after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, was near Northport. There, winds blew embers across a lake and ignited over 40 round bales of hay. He said that Bridgeport crews called Broadwater for mutual aid to assist in the fire.

When Broadwater was en route, they came across another out of control fire about five miles northeast of Bridgeport. That fire burned over 70 acres of corn stalks. He said that three trucks from Bridgeport left the first fire to assist with the four trucks from Broadwater in extinguishing that blaze.

All trucks then returned to the Northport fire and they had it under control about 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

Mueller said that the area was under a Red Flag Warning for rapid fire growth potential, and reminded farmers that just because there has been some rain and snow recently, the day's weather conditions are very important. When temperatures are warm and winds are gusty, rural residents should postpone burning to a better weather day.

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