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June 14 09:25 AM

Accidental fire chars wheat crop

Inquisitor News

A spark from a combine apparently ignited a fire which damaged part of a local farmer’s wheat crop Monday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m., Caddo Fire District No. 7 responded to a fire at a field at Cairo Plantation on Sentell Road north of Shreveport.

Fire Chief Danny Richardson of Caddo Parish Fire District No. 7 said the wind that day fanned the fire, which was quickly put under control.

Richardson said care is always needed in the event of fire, even controlled burns. “This was just an accident,” he said, “but if you do burn something, first you need to call and let the fire district know that you’re burning.”

He said burns should not be conducted on windy days, and water hoses should be nearby.

John Sloan, owner of the plantation, said about 10 acres were burned in the blaze.

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