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Fire departments battled field fire

Firefighters from at least six fire departments battled a large field fire Sunday afternoon at the far west end of Hay Road in Ogle County.

Dixon Rural Fire Chief Sid Aurand said the fire was a planned burn that got out of control.

He said the owner, whose name he declined to release, was burning a prairie plot at 6510 S. Lost Nation Rd.

“We were called because it spread into the timber,” he said.

While the fire was first reported as involving 100 acres, Aurand said it was not that large.

“It was no where near that. It was 25 to 30 acres at most,” he said.

At the scene, Dixon city firefighters said they were dispatched at 4:58 p.m. As of 6:12 p.m., the fire was contained before reaching Lowden-Miller State Forest south of Oregon.

No injuries were reported.

Besides the Dixon Rural and Dixon City Fire Departments, firefighters from Polo, Franklin Grove, Amboy, and Rock Falls responded to the scene, along with the Advance and CGH ambulances.

Firefighters from the Mt. Morris and Sterling Fire Departments covered the Dixon Rural Fire Station.

Phil Hartman contributed to this story.

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