A hot bearing set fire to an uncut corn field and burned about 25 acres.
A hot bearing in a corn header caused a corn field fire in northwest Pratt County on Oct. 2. Steve Maechtlen was driving his combine across his corn field a mile south and a mile east of Byers when he discovered the field was on fire behind him because of the hot bearing. Fire units from Byers, Pratt Township 12 and Cullison responded to the fire that occurred shortly before noon.
Area farmers Kent Moore and Todd Tobin responded to the scene with tractors and disks to help get the blaze under control. Maechtlen said he estimated 25 acres of uncut corn was burned.
No one was injured in the fire that left bare stalks still standing with ears of corn still attached and scorched from the fire.