Story updated with firefighters being called back to the scene Saturday night.
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
LEE COUNTY – Two large brush fires kept area firefighters from Donnellson, Montrose and Jackson Township busy Saturday.
According to Donnellson Fire Chief Fred Hoyer, about 75 acres of land caught fire south of Hwy. 2 just east of 218th Street and south of Hillcrest Road. Hoyer said he believed it was a controlled burn that got out of hand.
“People don’t realize these fires create their own air and the wind picked up a bit,” he said.
Firefighters were called back out at around 7:00 p.m. Saturday night to the same location where the fire had gotten out of hand again
Meanwhile, Jackson Township and Montrose fire departments responded to a large brush fire near Belfast Road west of Argyle earlier Saturday. No information on that fire is available at this time.
Lee County had lifted a burn ban late last week.