At 2:07 p.m. March 7, the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a grass fire in a ditch near 2146 East Eighth Road. Tonica responded with three trucks and suppressed the fire before it reached the nearby field of harvested crop stubble.
With the existing wind conditions, this fire could quickly have become a much larger fire. Smoke from ditch and field fires can limit visibility, thus causing traffic hazards on nearby roadways.
Tonica had the fire out and command cleared the scene in approximately 40 minutes.