Ottawa Fire Department

A semi likely sparked three simultaneous grass fires Sunday between Ottawa and Marseilles. Ottawa Fire Captain Brian Dose said portions of the north ditch on westbound I-80 were burning between milemarkers 92 and 91.

Personnel got the call before 2pm and received help from Wallace and Naplate. Dose estimated one fire was a quarter mile long and moved within 100 feet of a Foxfire drive subdivision. Fifteen men got the flames out in about an hour. State and Ottawa police assisted with traffic. Dose said the southwest wind was not really a factor.

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