Firefighters from the Vermillion and Gayville had their hands full during a very windy Monday afternoon when a grass fire that began in a pasture approximately five miles west of Vermillion spread to a windbreak and threatened a rural home. According to Lee Huber of the Vermillion Fire Department, the fire began in grassland, bumped up into a cornfield, and then was fueled by timber in the windbreak. A small building was involved in the fire, which consumed from seven to 10 acres, but firemen were able to keep the blaze away from a residence. The Vermillion firefighters were assisted by the Gayville and Volin fire departments. Huber also believes a construction crew working on Highway 50 and a local fertilizer helped in the effort to bring the fire under control. Local law enforcement, including these two Highway Patrol troopers, controlled traffic on Timber Road near the fire. Vermillion firemen had earlier assisted in extinguishing a fire in the Elk Point area. "Some of our guys put in a 12-hour day," Huber said.
(Photo by David Lias)