Volunteers from several Central Whitman County rural fire districts battled a fast moving wild land fire apparently sparked by a combine Monday afternoon.

The fire began north of Saint John off State Route 23 and burned along Countrymen Road.

The flames were helped by winds gusting at 20 miles per hour, spreading the flames to about 200 acres before crews were able to knock down the fire. It took several hours for crews to put it out.

A crop duster helped fight the flames.

Units from Saint John, Rasalia, Lamont and Steptoe were called in. The fire burned standing grain along with grass and brush in Conservation Reserve Program lands.