Two Fires Burn in Knox County

henderson fireMore than 16 volunteer fire departments, Ameren, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fire that burned an estimated 500 acres of land for hours this afternoon.

A fire that reportedly started due to burning brush, spanned more than a mile and half near Henderson Township. Fire crews that responded around 12:10 p.m. were still fighting flames in the late afternoon hours.

According to Henderson Fire Officials, the fire began near 423 North 2350, and burned into fields north of the Ontario blacktop. 

Authorities blocked off roads due to heavy smoke and limited visibility conditions. A home north of the blacktop was reportedly evacuated as well. The fire caused the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag alert for parts of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Meanwhile, the Galesburg Fire Department responded to a porch fire at 442 North West Street in Galesburg. Battalion Chief Todd Peterson says sparks from a grill burner hit dry leaves. The fire was contained to a stairway portion of the residence.

No injuries have currently been reported from either fire.

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