Fire burns near Joliet as dry winds raise fire danger

Oct 19, 2015

Firefighters in Will County put out a blaze spreading through cornfields by high winds.  The fire was near several homes five miles outside of Manhattan, southeast of Joliet.  Winds were blowing at up to 25 mph north of Interstate 72.

The National Weather Service issued a warning of high risk of fire in brush and farm fields across north-central Illinois due to dry, windy weather. 

Little rain has fallen in Illinois the past few weeks and parts of the state are considered abnormally dry.

Forecasters say higher humidity and weaker winds should ease fire danger starting tomorrow.  Warnings are in effect from northwest Indiana to northern Oklahoma.