27 acres burned in wheat field fire


From staff reports

Friday, June 7, 2019

HERTFORD — Up to 27 acres of woods and farmland were burned in a blaze earlier this week sparked by a farm combine that caught fire.

Jonathan A. Nixon, Perquimans County Emergency Services director, said the fire was reported off Sharps Lane Tuesday about 1 p.m.

While the combine fire was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived, a wheat field was ablaze, Nixon said.

Using tractors, officials with the N.C. Forestry Division, area fire department personnel and community residents were able to contain the fire by plowing a fire line and implementing a controlled burn, Nixon said.

Among the agencies that responded were the fire departments in Hertford, Belvidere and Winfall. The N.C. Forestry Service also provided both aerial observation of the fire and ground crews to fight it, Nixon said.

No injuries were reported.