(Le Mars) — The Le Mars and Oyens Fire Departments responded to a tractor that had caught on fire. The tractor was located on county road K-64 just south of 240th Street, or approximately nine miles southeast of Le Mars. The tractor was a 2019 CASE-IH 150 Max owned by Tony Schroeder. Schroeder was mowing at the time the fire started. Thick black smoke could be seen several miles away as fire departments rushed to the scene. Schroeder says the tractor was less than a year old. It was listed as a total loss, including the attached mower and front-end loader. Schroeder says he noticed the tractor had a loss of power, just prior to seeing smoke and flames come from under the tractor’s hood. Schroeder was able to escape injury.