As hundreds of firefighters from across the state were participating in the Marion County Fire School, local departments were busy responding to three separate fires Sunday afternoon.
The Loretto Fire Department was called to a cornfield fire at 1:38 p.m. on Ruben Smith Road. They were assisted by New Hope, New Haven, Lebanon and Raywick fire departments. The Marion County Rescue Squad and Marion County EMS also responded to the scene.
By the time the scene was cleared at 4:40 p.m., the fire had charred an estimated 60-75 acres.