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Field fire in Harvard burns about 80 acres

A field fire that broke out Saturday in rural Alden Township is estimated to have burned about 80 acres, according to a news release from Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District Chief Thomas Linneman.

The fire was deemed accidental after a small campfire had embers blow into the corn field, Linneman said.

Hebron-Alden-Greenwood crews were dispatched about 2:09 p.m. to the 16800 block of Route 173 in Harvard to find that the fire was about one and a half acres in size.

Illinois fire crews from Harvard, Richmond, Wonder Lake, Woodstock and McHenry, and Wisconsin crews from Sharon, Linn, Randal, Bloomfield, Twin Lakes and Walworth also responded, according to the release. Lake Geneva, Spring Grove and McHenry crews provided coverage at the Hebron station during the incident.

Mercy Health field physician MD-1 and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

The fire was under control in about two hours of arrival, but crews remained on scene until about 4:30 p.m. Saturday to put out hot spots, according to the release.

No animals, civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire, and there was no damage to surrounding structures.

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