Several northwest Iowa fire departments battled a large grass fire Thursday afternoon that burned around 50 acres.
Six different departments were called around 1:30 p.m. to help fight the blaze at near the border between Plymouth and Sioux Counties about a mile north of Struble.
Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says a spark from a passing train is thought to
have started the fire.
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Schipper says he first contacted the Ireton and Maurice fire departments for assistance, then realized even more help would be needed to control the fire.
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Fire officials had to stop the trains while battling the blaze.
Schipper says the winds, and thawing ground made for adverse conditions in fighting the fire.
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The Le Mars, Maurice, Ireton, Merrill, Orange City, and Sioux Center fire departments battled the blaze.