Fires wreak havoc on farmer’s wheat fields
The Okeene Fire Department was hard at work on Sunday, June 7th. A fire south of Okeene was raging in some wheat fields before the department showed up. Local farmers disced the fire before the department arrived. Without the firebreak, the fire could have reached all the way to the south side of Okeene.
Nick Boeckman was one of the farmers who was greatly affected by the fire. He lost 86 total acres to the fire. It was a devastating loss for Boekman. While not for certain, he speculates that the fire initially started from sparks from the highway that blew onto the wheat fields.
“It could have been anything from a bearing to a cigarette, there is no way of telling,” said Boeckman. He was thankful for the department's help, saying “They weren’t here long, but I am thankful they got here before it was too late.”
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