Greenville Fire Chief Warns Against Burning Near Wheat Fields

With wheat in the fields throughout Bond County, Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston said residents should be careful about burning near the dry crop.

“Wheat is up and it’s dry, so if you want to burn some trash, any kind of spark from that trash barrel could easily get into a wheat field and you don’t want to be liable for that,” Johnston said. “That could get not only extremely expensive, but once a wheat field catches on fire, you’ve got a minimum of probably 40 firefighters around, or getting ready to coming in. Their lives change, and their day changes pretty quick on something like that. Plus the farmer loses his crop.”

Johnston said even bottle rockets or floating embers could unknowingly start a large fire in a wheat field, so residents should be extremely cautious.