Large field fire near Tonica contained

Photo Wallace Fire Department

TONICA – A large field fire Wednesday along I-39 near Tonica burned countless acres, but was eventually extinguished thanks to the teamwork of multiple area fire departments and farmers. The fire, centered around North 20th Road and East 4th Road, drew over 15 departments to the scene in rural LaSalle County. Farmers in the area with tillage equipment began to work a fire line to help contain the blaze on a day that saw a “Red Flag Warning” for fire danger. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.