Denise Croker, Chief Ranger for Polk County in the Georgia Forestry Commission, said the blaze burned approximately 12 acres and was under control when forestry crews arrived at the wheat field owned by R & F Properties Inc. The company is owned by Robert Bickerman out of Atlanta.
"The landowner and firefighters had already sprayed it and plowed around it even before we got there," she said.
She said this was a relatively small blaze compared to others in Polk County and no structures were in danger. Croker said the fields had already been cut, so there wasn't a loss in product.
Croker said the fire is under investigation because it was not started naturally, as in a lightening strike. She said someone probably sparked the fire by dragging something down the road or pulling off the road with their engine running.
Several other similar fires were reported in Polk County on Friday and are also under investigation, Croker said. She said one burned 12 hours, burning about 10 acres, on Old Jackson Chapel Road and two were reported on Culp Lake Road, burning 11 acres in one case and two acres in the second incident.
Croker urges people to be careful around farms and wooded areas.
"We are really dry in this area. People need to be careful when their cutting or pulling off the side of the road," she said.