A corn field fire in the city of Columbus shut down Maple Avenue for about an hour Dec. 2.
The Columbus Fire Dept was called to Maple Avenue near the southeast exit of Highway 151, exit 118, for a corn field stubble fire at 12:14 p.m.
Fire officials got on scene at 12:16 p.m. and about one acre was on fire but with high winds in the area, that soon turned into four acres that totally burned. No buildings were involved but lots of white smoke filled the sky over the west portion of the city for about 20 minutes.
Columbus called mutual aid to help battle the fast moving fire from the Fall River Fire Department and the Poynette DNR Fire Ranger, due to the time of day it was. Lt. Jerrod Fox said, “the fire started from a sign maintenance crew that was welding on the billboard sign by Highway 151 and sparks ignited the grass and the fire quickly spread to the corn field. All three departments worked very well together at containing the fire from burning a lot more acres based on the wind gusts and heavy corn stalk vegetation that was in the field.”
Also assisting at the scene was the Columbus Police Department for traffic control and Lifestar EMS for rehab of the firefighters. Firefighters cleared the scene around 2:15 p.m.