Winds blamed for Sugar Grove fire
Fields near Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place experienced a field fire around 3 p.m. Friday. Newton Fire Department acted quickly and were able to prevent the fire from expanding to neighboring properties.
Eyewitness Mike Timmons said the fire was supposed to be a controlled burn to clear out small trees and branches, but he soon realized the wind, which reached speeds of about 20 mph, was causing the flames to burn out of control.
“We thought it would actually stop when it got to the fence line,” Timmons said.
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