The Grundy County Sheriff's Office, Moris Fire Department and several fire department in the area responded to a massive field fire north of Morris on Saturday, October 17th.
Morris Fire Deputy Chief Bob Wills told WCSJ that someone was burning pallets in their backyard and with the windy conditions, the blaze quickly went into fields on and near Minooka Road.
The blaze caused damaged farm fields that were a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long. The Morris Fire Department on their Facebook page said from its origin near Minooka and Townhouse Roads, the fire spread north, crossed Sherrill road, continued north crossing White Willow Road, and ending just north of there after traveling a distance of about three miles.
The fire started around 1 p.m. and lasted around five hours. Wills said several farm fields as well as an outbuilding on White Willow Road and another just west of Townhouse Road were badly damaged. Wills said they had too use two different box cards and had firefighters from as far east to Lemont, to Western Lasalle County, Livingston County and several in Kendall County assisting with the blaze. Wills also said more than 15 area farmers also assisted in the effort.
He also added, the best way to stop a field fire is to till the field. The stubble, the trash, the residue, and the standing plants will all burn. Tilling them essentially smothers the fire. Their machinery is far better suited to driving around in the field than are our fire vehicles. The amount of damages to the fields and buildings has not been released. The fire remains under invesatigation.