Ira Hein, 86, longtime farmer from Hillsboro, died Wednesday afternoon, July 1, of injuries received in a wheat-stubble fire north of Hillsboro.
According to the Marion County Sheriff?s office, Hein was helping family members with a mid-morning controlled burn of a wheat-stubble field.
When the flames crossed the fire line, Hein drove a tractor through the fire line to take care of the situation. It is believed that a fuel leak caused flames to engulf the tractor.
The call came into the sheriff?s office about 10:36 a.m. and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 230th and Indigo Road.
The victim was taken by private vehicle to Hillsboro Com?munity Hospital, then was transported by medical helicopter to the Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit with burns to 92 percent of his body.
He died at about 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis.