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Brush fire sparks airport blaze
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Firefighters with Centertown Volunteer Fire Department work to contain a brush fire Saturday at the end of the airport runway.

Fire departments in Warren County have responded to a high number of brush fires over the past week as residents work outside to clean up their yards.

On Saturday, a resident burning brush on property near the Warren County Memorial Airport runway was to blame for a field fire that scorched about 10 acres.

Firefighters responding to the scene raced down the airport tarmac to access the fire. With the airport itself not in jeopardy, firefighters focused on preventing the spread to nearby houses.

While that fire was taking place, firefighters were simultaneously responding to a field fire in the Rock Island area that got out of control when a resident was burning brush.

The past week has been a very active week for brush fires throughout the county. Fire officials advise residents to keep a water supply handy when burning brush and to avoid doing so on windy days.

Saturday was extremely windy and not a time when brush could be burned safely, fire officials say.

Firefighters from Centertown and Morrison were among those on the scene of the airport fire Saturday and had the fire extinguished in about 90 minutes.