Field fire

A field fire Sunday northeast of West Point kept fire departments and EMT personnel from West Point, Beemer and Bancroft busy for close to four hours. Corn stubble, soybean stubble and some standing corn provided fuel for the fire which was hard to contain because of the winds from the south.

The fire was located between County Roads 19-20 (west to east) and Roads N-P (south to north). West Point Fire Chief Tom Stratman said the fire was about 1/4-mile wide at its widest point and spread about 1 3/4 miles from south to north. Stratman said the initial concern were hog confinement units, and then some buildings about a mile north. He thanked several farmers for arriving with equipment to help the firefighters.