TOWN OF LIBERTY - A grass fire that burned more than 150 acres in Manitowoc County is now under control.
The fire broke out around 1 Monday afternoon on Rusch Rd. in the town of Liberty near Liermann's Sawmill.
A charred path behind the Mill could have been much worse, according to fire officials.
"We were lucky enough that it didn't get too far into the woods, but when it did, it's really hard to get out," said Valders Fire Chief Dan Esser. "You get up somewhere where you have cottages inside the woods, we are lucky enough we were able to cover the houses that were here."
Fire officials say an unattended fire at the sawmill sparked the blaze. They say the mill was burning scraps last week and workers thought their fire was out.
Authorities say the high winds reignited it, and the extremely dry conditions helped the fire spread.
"I was the first officer on the scene, the call came in around 1p.m. and I was three miles out and I could see smoke already," said Valders 1st Assistant Chief Keith Petersen. "Behind the sawmill is all marsh grass, so an ember went into the grass and started the whole scenario on fire."
17 different agencies were called to the scene.
Crews were still watching the fire more than six hours later.
"That was a big fire," explained neighbor Kermit Liermann.
Liermann used to own the mill, and now lives next door.
He says the fire was practically in his backyard, but luckily didn't do too much damage.
"One building got burned a little bit and it was right up to the buildings, but the fire department did a good job and got it out," Liermann said.
Officials say two firefighters were taken to the hospital for an evaluation; however they don't believe they sustained any serious injuries.
Phone messages left with the Mill seeking comment were not returned.
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