The cause of a fire in a field of wheat stubble is undetermined, Kyle Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department captain and emergency medical service supervisor said.
Brodbeck said he was unloading brush at the village yard waste dump site just before 5 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 3, when he saw smoke to the northwest and wondered what was burning.
The smoke could be seen from Pettisville, according to reports.
A moment later, AFD was called out for a field fire at 23363 US20A.
High winds that day were pushing the fire across the field.
Archbold firefighters responded with a fire engine, water tanker truck, two grass fire trucks, and a utility vehicle.
Fayette brought a tanker and a utility vehicle. Wauseon responded as well, with a tanker and a utility vehicle.
In addition, a farmer arrived with a tractor and a type of plow. The farmer tilled the soil ahead of the fire, turning under the stubble and depriving the fire of fuel.
The fire threatened to reach a woods on the south side of the property and set it ablaze.
Brodbeck said firefighters were able to stop the fire about 20 to 25 yards before the flames reached the woods.
There were several large, round bales of straw in the field. The fire started several of those burning.
A second farmer arrived with a tractor equipped with a bucket. They used the bucket to push over the straw bales, then took them apart using rakes and extinguishing the fire inside.
Brodbeck said firefighters were on scene for about four hours.
A sport utility and hay wagon were damaged by the fire. The burned bales are valued between $1,500- $2,000.
The owner of the property is listed as Roger Rupp, rural Archbold. The tenant is identified in the report as J.J. Rupp, no address listed.