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Fire roars north Sunday


November 12, 2020

This photo was taken about 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, after a fire was reported to the Nuckolls County Dispatch. Members of the Nelson Volunteer Fire Department (see rig in right foreground) received the report of a fire along Highway 136 just west of road 3800 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Highwinds, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour, and the gently sloping farm field fully exposed to the wind helped to accelerate the blaze at an alarming rate.

Sunday, was warm and dry with steady wind speeds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour. A fire broke out along Highway 136 just west of Road 3800. Nuckolls County dispatch received the call at approximately 2:45 p.m. It is presumed to have been started by a cigarette discarded out the window of a passing vehicle. No official cause has been released as of yet.

The fire quickly traveled approximately 4 1/2 miles north to Road PQ. At one point it was nearly half a mile wide. Farmers from around the area brought in their tractors and discs to help slow th...

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