The Superior Express -

12 departments battle racing fire in Nelson area


November 12, 2020

As smoke boiled into the sky Sunday afternoon, volunteer firemen from 12 districts responded to a roaring fire driven by a high south wind across open soybean and corn stubble west of Nora. Above, firemen prepare to protect an endangered farmstead. The fire started near the intersection of Road 3800 and Highway 136 (nine miles north and two east of Superior) in a soybean field.

At approximately 2:45 Sunday afternoon the Nuckolls County 911 dispatch center received a call reporting there was a fire in a Highway 136 ditch. However the caller was unable to give an address. The dispatch center alerted both the Ruskin and Nelson fire departments and began trying to locate the fire. After more than 20 calls were received at the dispatch center, the location was determined to be near the northwest corner of the intersection of the highway and County Road 3800 and which is approximately two miles east of Highway 14.

As the wind had been gusting out of the south to near 5...

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