Grundy County, IL – Major Brush Fire Erupts Near Braidwood Lake

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Braidwood, IL – Despite the National Weather Service’s red flag warning advising against burning due to high winds, a significant brush fire broke out near Braidwood Lake around 2 PM, specifically in the vicinity of County Line Rd, Cooper Rd, N 19000W, and W 6000N. 

The Braidwood and Essex Fire Protection Districts are on the scene, with the fire reaching Box Alarm and Full Still levels. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation as crews work tirelessly to contain the blaze. The high winds have contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, with large smoke plumes visible for miles. 

Authorities are urging the public to avoid the area to ensure the safety of emergency responders and the community. The red flag warning had been issued to highlight the heightened fire risk, but the warning appears to have been unheeded, leading to this emergency situation.

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