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Lightening and wind cause multiple fires

Fire Chief said Kimball Volunteer Fire Department kept busy last weekend


Aleta Pearson

Darren Lukassen washes a fire truck following one of five fires.

The Kimball Volunteer Firemen were unusually busy this past weekend as five calls came in over the two days. All but one of the fires were due to dry grass caused by the high temperatures of the past few weeks.

It all began Saturday morning when they were called to a small grass fire two miles north of town where an electrical line sparked on a center pivot. Firemen arrived in time to contain the fire to less than half an acre.

Later in the day there were two more calls, both to help out Weld County with multiple grass fires caused by lightning. When they arrived to the first call, the fi...

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