- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - Fire officials say a sky lantern released during a skiing and hiking event sparked a grass fire that burned more than 15 acres in Sun Prairie.

Firefighters were called just before 7 p.m. Saturday to McCarthy Park for a small outside fire. About three acres of grassland were on fire when firefighters arrived.

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison says the fire was a half-mile to a mile from the road, so access was difficult. Garrison says strong winds caused the fire to spread to more than 15 acres of parkland. Firefighters eventually got ahead of the fire and stopped it.

The Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1TLqt1Q ) reports the fire was caused by a sky lantern being released during an organized candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe event.

No one was hurt.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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