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Grass Fire Season
URBANA--With warmer weather ahead of us, brush fires becomes a major concern for local fire departments.
Just today, the Urbana Fire Department and the Philo Protection District responded to a fire, that spread to about three acres of land owned by the University of Illinois.
Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley believes sparks from running farming equipment is what ignited the fire.
The field fire on Curtis Road and Race Street spread quickly when it started shortly after 3 pm.
Chief Dilley adds it's on days like today, where just enough wind, a spark and a dry field can cause a fire, which spreads quicker than you may think.
He says around this time of yea, is when they and other fire departments start responding to brush fires fairly often
Dilley adds, if it wasn't for the teamwork of the U of I's Department of Ag farmers, Urbana Fire and the Philo Protection District, it would have taken much longer to contain the fire.
Within an hour, most of the fire was put out.
Athough some hay bales were still ignited, but farmers stayed behind just to make sure the fire didn't pick back up.
Fire officials say, with this weather, homeowners who burn yard trimmings or have bonfires should never leave those unattended.
ABC Newschannel 15's Marine Glisovic reports.