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Wheat field fires in western Michigan prompt arson probe

July 12, 2021 GMT

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A series of wheat field fires in western Michigan prompted an arson investigation, authorities said.

Two fires were reported recently just outside the village of Waldron, according to the Hillsdale Daily News.

The first fire damaged 15 acres on Tuesday with a damage estimated of $10,000. The following day firefighters were dispatched to another fire on five acres of wheat stubble. Shortly after, Lenawee County firefighters authorities were called to Fairfield Township to a field fire on 50 acres of straw waiting to be baled. The damage was an estimated loss of $5,000.

Fire officials have not determined if the fires were connected.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact fire officials or the Crime Stoppers of Lenawee County, which is offering a cash reward for information.

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This story was first published on July 11, 2021. It was updated on July 12, 2021, to correct the location of the third fire to Fairfield Township, not Wright Township.