Forty acres of uncut wheat lost in Saline County fire

By Eric Wiley
Salina Journal – June 12, 2018

A mechanical problem with a farm implement caused a spark that ignited wheat stubble in a field in the 1100 block of South Amos Road shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, leading to a fire that eventually burned about 40 acres of uncut wheat, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Tuesday.

Soldan said the wheat belonged to Ritchie Tarn, who did not know the monetary value of the crop.

He said Tarn was in the field when something went wrong with the piece of machinery. About 20 acres of wheat stubble burned, as well as some of a neighbor’s soybeans.

The fire was extinguished within about 30 minutes.

Firefighters with Saline County Rural Fire District No. 5 fought the blaze.


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