NORTH DUMFRIES — A spark from a combine harvesting winter wheat caused a fire that destroyed 38 acres of the crop.
Rising smoke from the wall of fire on July 19 on Fischer-Hallman Road, south of Cambridge, could be seen from Kitchener.
The wheat was valued at $40,000, police said.
There have been several reports of fields catching fire in Western Ontario this year as much farmland is dry due to lower-than-normal amounts of precipitation. A fire near Caledonia on July 22 burned 50 acres of wheat and destroyed a fire truck that caught fire when the wind shifted. Another fire truck was damaged. The cost of damage to the two fire trucks is estimated at $500,000. It took about 100 firefighters to extinguish the flames