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Winds fan brush fire; no cause known

Official: Blaze closed stretch of Route 38

Winds helped spread a brush fire Monday afternoon that was just west of the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

Several fire departments, including Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn and the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District, responded at about 1:54 p.m. to the blaze, which was west of Brundige Road.

“The wind played a role in the rapid spread of the fire,” St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. “It was a good-sized fire.”

The fire encompassed between 125 to 150 acres, he said. The cause of the fire is not yet known, although Schelstreet said he has no evidence that the fire was a controlled burn. Controlled burns are conducted in an effort to improve or maintain the ecological health of a site.

Route 38 was closed between Brundige and LaFox roads as firefighters responded to the fire. That stretch of Route 38 later was reopened, and the last St. Charles unit left the scene at 3:45 p.m., Schelstreet said.

This is the second brush fire in the area in as many days. Elburn firefighters responded to Tech-Weld, 801 E. North St., Elburn, at about noon Sunday for a report of a brush fire.

Tech-Weld is north of the railroad tracks just east of the Elburn Metra platform. Schelstreet said brush fires are common in the spring.

“During the spring season, after the snow melts, typically we have a lot of wind that dries out the grass and vegetation very quickly,” he said.

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