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Wheat farm fire burns hundreds of acres

June 6, 2008

Dougherty County--With the dry weather and the heat, chances of fires are great.

One Dougherty county farmer found that out the hard way on Friday.

Albany firefighters were called out to a farm near the intersections of Eight Mile Road and Leary Road at about 4PM.

Officials believe a combine may have somehow started the blaze while plowing a wheat field.

The fire burned several hundred acres.

The Georgia forestry commission was called in to help dig fire breaks to prevent the fire from spreading.

"First trucks arrived on the scene we found a wheat field that was in the process of being harvested, and that's where we started attacking the fire to keep it off the part that had not been harvested, and the fire just spread from there through several hundred acres of already harvested fields," said Asst. Fire Chief Allen Carvey, Albany Fire Department.

One firefighter had to be treated by EMS for possible effects of fighting the fire in the sweltering heat.

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