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UPDATE: A field fire north of Republic has burned more than 400 acres of grass and trees and 100 acres of field corn. West Republic Fire Chief Eric Gann says although the fire in considered fully contained, you will see flames and smoke in the area for, at least, two more days. Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Department have determined the fire started in a field. It has been ruled accidental, although undetermined. 29 fire departments helped battle the flames.
UPDATE: After burning for more than seven hours Battlefield Fire Chief Bryan Newberry tells KTTS News the fire is now contained. Crews will remain on scene to watch the hotspots. One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat injuries. No word yet on the cause of that fire.
Original: A grass fire is raging across fields and into woods off Farm Roads 152 and 29. This will be west of P-P Highway, north of Republic, just south of I-44.
Fire crews say the flames are advancing one-eighth of a mile every 2-3 seconds.
At least 3 homes have been evacuated.
The Highway Patrol has a plane in the air, attempting to help guide firefighters on the ground.
Firefighters from twenty departments are on scene trying to get the fire contained, pushing some flames to a creek.
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