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Emily Fire Department takes on grass fires

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Emily Fire Chief Kenny Roden reported responding to two grass fires Tuesday, May 14. At 6:20 p.m. the department responded to a call for a fire off Blue Lake Road, which Roden said burned 5-10 acres.

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Roden said the fire started north of a gravel pit. While he was unsure of the cause, he said there had been burning at the site a month or so ago, and that it’s possible stumps had been smoldering underground.

No people or buildings were harmed. Fifty Lakes and Crooked Lake departments also responded to the fire.

The department left the scene at 9:30 p.m. May 14, only to be called for mutual aid an hour later to a grass fire near Crooked Lake. Roden believes that fire was started by two high-wire electric lines that hit each other in the wind. The lines were under construction at the time.

That fire burned around 2.3 acres, and no people or buildings were harmed. The fire department finished their work around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, Roden said.

A red flag warning had been issued by the National Weather Service when both fires occurred May 14. Red flag warnings are issued when conditions present a high potential for fire due to high winds and low humidity.

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