BLUNT, S.D. – (DRG News) About 150 acres of standing sunflowers were burned yesterday in a fire near Blunt. Treg Cowan, Chief of the Harrold Fire Department, says the fire was reported about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday in a sunflower field. The field was being combined at the time the blaze broke out. Cowan says high winds made the fire hard to fight. Flames were pushed across a road toward a second sunflower field. Cowan says fire crews were able to keep the fire from the other field, but they did scorch a small section of a field of beans that had already been combined. The fire also threatened 6-7 grain bins and some older buildings which were in its path, but Cowan says firefighters held the flames away from the structures. Cowan says firefighters appreciated the assistance that was provided by farmers and businesses who brought discs and water tankers at the fire scene. Firefighters had the fire out by about 7:00 p.m. Besides Harrold, other departments that responded yesterday were Blunt and Highmore.
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