Strong winds and dry conditions made for a busy start to the day for local fire departments as multiple departments responded to fires on Thursday morning.

The day began shortly after 7 a.m. when St. Marys Township Fire Department was called to the 03000 block of state Route 219 for a report of an equipment barn on fire.

As some crews were starting to clear the scene of the barn fire, Botkins Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a fire in a woods in the 19000 block of Kentner Road that was spreading toward two houses that bordered the woods.

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