Fallen electrical lines ignite wildfire near Kane
Fallen electrical power lines ignited a wildfire late Wednesday afternoon on the west side of James City Hill on Route 66 south of Kane.The Kane Volunteer Fire Department and the Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt said it is believed that gusty high winds toppled a dead tree that took down the power lines. The arcing live wires started the wildfire in the woods, Holt said.According to Holt, the winds continually whipped the flames in the brush and created heavy smoke."You couldn't see at times because it was so smokey," Holt said.The fire chief estimated that the fire burned about two acres of under-story in the heavily wooded area along the west side of James City Hill on Route 66. No injuries were reported, he said.The Kane Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene with two engines and the utility truck. About 25 volunteer firefighters also responded, Holt said.According to Holt, the Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department responded with a tanker and brush truck. He said firefighters ran about 400 feet of one-inch hose from the tanker to the site of the fire. He said the Highland firefighters operated a "deck gun" to dampen the woods ahead of the flames. Firemen also used portable "Indian cans" and hand tools to quell the fire, Holt said. During fire-fighting efforts, firefighters had to stay clear of fallen electrical lines, Holt said.See full article by purchasing the March 29 edition of The Kane Republican.