Crews Battle Large Brush Fire in Zion

No injuries were reported

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    Zion fire officials say the fire started at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and burned an area about 18 blocks long and two blocks wide. (Published Thursday, April 10, 2014)

    Fire officials in Zion, north of Chicago, say an area of about 18 blocks long and two blocks wide burned Wednesday night in a massive brush fire.

    The bulk of the fire was centered between 24th and 27th streets, but fires associated with the incident were also reported in neighboring suburbs of Winthrop Harbor and Beach Park, said
    Zion Fire Department Lt. Jason Messick.

    The fire started at about 6 p.m. and was mostly contained within four hours. It temporarily shut down Union-Pacific train traffic north of the Waukegan station, Messick said.

    Metra’s Union-Pacific North Line shares those tracks, which run along the west side of the park, maps show.

    All trains were operating normally early Thursday.

    No injuries were reported.