TOWN OF FARMINGTON, Wis. (WXOW) - UPDATE: Crews have contained a large brush fire in the Town of Farmington.
The fire began as a controlled burn at 6:00 a.m. that got out of control in the afternoon as the wind shifted direction along Davis Creek Road off of Highway 108 northeast of Mindoro.
The Farmington and Melrose Fire Departments were on the scene shortly after they were called at about 2:30 p.m. They were able to contain the fire by about 4:00 pm. Farmington EMS was there to assist with any medical needs. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was also called in to bulldoze the area. This was done to try and find any underlying fires as well as create a 10 foot barrier of soil around the area.
According to Mike Hesse, who is the town chairman and firefighter, when they arrived the fire had advanced so quickly because the field was full of dry dead pine debris. The area use to be an industrial forest but was cleared out 2 years ago leaving behind pine tree limbs which was what the owner was burning.
The fire burned through approximately 60 acres of land. Firefighters went through four water tankers that carry about 2,500 gallons each. Between the two departments, there were 40-55 firefighters at the site, according to Hesse.
The fire department will be keeping an eye on the land throughout the weekend to make sure the fire does not start up again.
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