Firefighters respond to large field fires in Tonica, Ransom
Fire departments were busy Wednesday in La Salle County.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, there were three fires with multiple departments responding.
A large field fire ignited at North 20th Road, just west of East Fourth Road near Tonica, calling several firefighters to the scene.
A house fire just west of Streator drew about a dozen fire departments, and multiple departments responded to a field fire by North 18th and East 30th roads near Ransom. A field behind the house also caught fire because of the conditions.
Wednesday was a red flag day, which means there is an increased threat for wildfires and brush fires. Low humidity and strong winds made conditions favorable for them. Several departments issued warnings for residents not to burn. Still, Streator firefighters were called to an illegal burn on the 1700 block of South Baker Street.
"It was a crazy day, there were field fires everywhere," Streator Fire Lt. Dave Kupec said. "It was busy."
Utica firefighters were called to Ottawa Canyon at Starved Rock State Park for a brush fire. Two men had built a campfire in one of the sandstone outcrops off the trail. Campfires are not allowed at Starved Rock and neither is hiking off trail.
While unrelated to the weather, an explosion at Cimco Recycling sent a cloud of black smoke shooting up to the sky on West Norris Drive in Ottawa.