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Rural Fire

THE NORTON RURAL AND CITY, LENORA AND ALMENA FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO A LARGE STUBBLE FIELD FIRE LAST THURSDAY.  THE FIRE WAS CALLED IN AT 6:12 AND STARTED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 283 AND ROAD Q SOUTH OF NORTON.  APPROXIMATELY 80 ACRES OF WHEAT STUBBLE AND PASTURE GRASS BELONGING TO CALVIN AND TIM GILL WAS BURNT ALONG WITH THREATENING THE HOME OF BILL AND JOY JOHNSON AND FAMILY.  THE JOHNSON’S LOST MOST OF THEIR WINDBREAK AND HAD MINOR DAMAGE TO THE GRAINERY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HOUSE, BUT THE HOUSE DID NOT SUFFER ANY DAMAGE.  THE NORTON COUNTY EMS PROVIDED STANDBY FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS IN THE EXTREMELY HOT CONDITIONS.  THE NORTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND NORTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDED TRAFFIC CONTROL.  BIG THANK YOU’S GO OUT TO SEVERAL THAT HELPED WITH THIS FIRE, TRACTORS AND DISC’S, WATER TRUCKS, AND ANYBODY WHO PROVIDED DRINKING WATER AND FOOD, ACCORDING TO NORTON RURAL FIRE CHIEF STEVE OTTER.