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Brush fire burns 25 acres outside McHenry

McHENRY – A brush fire burned about 25 acres of plowed cornfields, woods and tall brush, a McHenry Township Fire Protection District official said.

Crews responded to the fire at 3:21 p.m. at 6903 W. Bull Valley Road, about a quarter mile from the road, just southwest of McHenry, Battalion Chief David Harwood said.

The fire, which appeared to have been burning for some time, was brought under control in about an hour and 15 minutes and was extinguished about an hour and 45 minutes after crews arrived, he said.

"The terrain and the wind were against us. It took us longer than we would have expected on a day when the wind wasn't against us," Harwood said, adding that the area was very hilly.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, and there were no injuries or property damage, he said.

The Wonder Lake and Woodstock fire departments responded with brush trucks, and Crystal Lake and Fox Lake departments assisted with a change of quarters.

– Northwest Herald

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