250 Acres Destroyed in Suburban Brush Fire

A large brush fire that burned for more than three hours in a Lake Zurich forest preserve Sunday afternoon damaged about 250 acres of land, officials said.

About 3 p.m., crews responded to the fire in the the Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve near Ela Road just south of Cuba Road in the northwest suburb, according to a Lake Zurich fire dispatcher.

“Due to the dry conditions and the winds, the fire grew rapidly,” according to a release from the Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department.

The four-alarm blaze prompted crews from thirty fire departments in Lake, Cook and McHenry counties to respond, the release said.

The fire was controlled by 7 p.m., but burned 250 acres of the forest preserve by the time it was over.

The fire destroyed a “very large” amount of land, the dispatcher said.

The fire was controlled before reaching nearby homes, and no evacuations or injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was unknown and under investigation Sunday night.

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