Wheat Field Fire 2
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It was still smoldering weeks after the fire. Don't know how it happened but part of the wheat field was burned up after this grain filled combine caught on fire as you can see in the distance. The dark clouds, barn and road in the background on this day added to the images overall look.
Close friend and pastor of the church near the field gave me...
The Rest Of The Story"
From: Mark Jones
Hey Reid...love this picture. The wheat field belongs to Mr. George Brown's family, it's farmed by his grandson Wade Whitaker. Wade and his other grandfather Lee Whitaker had grown a nice stand of wheat and Lee was combining with their old patched-together John Deere combine, and suddenly realized that it had caught fire, and had consumed a good patch of wheat. Mr. Lee is 70 years old, and he literally had to jump from the driver's seat and into the field, the fire had entirely surrounded the combine and there was no getting off without jumping. He didn't even get a bruise! All the community came out to fight the fire and when they almost had it contained the wind shifted and things got very tricky, it began to threaten their homes at the field's edge. With the help of both Bostwick and Fairplay volunteer PD's and a bunch of neighbors jumping on tractors and cutting fire-breaks, the finally brought the blaze under control. I think they lost about 14 acres of wheat. At church the next day we praised God for his protection over all. The Browns and the Whitakers are my church members and like family to me, as you are my good friend!
October 5th, 2013
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